Ar­rivals seen reach­ing 28 mil­lion this year

Kathimerini English - - Focus - STATHIS KOUSOUNIS

Greece is set to ex­pe­ri­ence a re­cov­ery in its tourism rev­enues this year af­ter the no­table de­cline reg­is­tered in 2016, while it is also poised to chalk up a new record in in­ter­na­tional ar­rivals, ac­cord­ing to the pres­i­dent of the Greek Tourism Con­fed­er­a­tion (SETE), An­dreas An­dreadis.

Speak­ing on the fringes of the ITB in­ter­na­tional tourism ex­hi­bi­tion in Berlin yes­ter­day, An­dreadis noted that, “in­clud­ing cruise traf­fic, which is ex­pected to be 20 per­cent less than last year due to the geopol­i­tics in the south­east­ern Mediter­ranean, ar­rivals are pro­jected to reach 28 mil­lion this year, pro­vided that road ar­rivals re­main stable.”

The SETE chief said this es­ti­mate in­cludes data from the ITB fair, the ad­di­tion of 1.5 mil­lion air seats to Greece (more than 500,000 to Athens and 958,043 to other Greek des­ti­na­tions) for 2017, and the pro­jected in­crease in the air seat oc­cu­pancy rate.

If cruise passenger ar­rivals are not in­cluded, the fig­ure is an­tic­i­pated to reach 26 mil­lion vis­i­tors, up from 24.8 mil­lion in 2016. Rev­enues are pro­jected to rise from 14.1 bil­lion eu­ros last year to 14.2 bil­lion, match­ing the record level reg­is­tered in 2015.

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