Air­ports are ex­pect­ing an ar­rivals rise

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - STATHIS KOUSOUNIS

In­ter­na­tional air ar­rivals at the coun­try’s re­gional air­ports are pro­jected to post an 8.9 per­cent yearly rise in July and 10.1 per­cent growth in August, ac­cord­ing to data by the Sin­gle Author­ity for Flight Co­or­di­na­tion.

Al­ter­nate Min­is­ter for Tourism Elena Koun­toura pre­sented the fig­ures yes­ter­day, say­ing that the tourism year will likely close with a rise both in ar­rivals and in rev­enues, as this in­crease in July and August will be de­ci­sive for the en­tire 2016 given that th­ese months ac­count for 41 per­cent of all ar­rivals each year.

In the first half of 2016 in­ter­na­tional ar­rivals by air posted an an­nual rise of 4.4 per­cent to reach al­most 6 mil­lion, though ar­rivals by road dropped 19 per­cent yearon-year in the first five months. The Greek Na­tional Tourism Or­ga­ni­za­tion es­ti­mates that the road ar­rival deficit will be much nar­rower soon, as the May-toSeptem­ber pe­riod is when 72 per­cent of all road ar­rivals take place.

Travel re­ceipts posted a 6.2 per­cent de­cline in the Jan­uaryMay pe­riod from last year, but again the GNTO said the first half only cov­ers 30 per­cent of the year’s rev­enues, so the rise ex­pected in the lat­ter half should make up for the drop in the first five months.

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