Tourists in Greece spend far less than in Spain, Cyprus

Kathimerini English - - Focus - STATHIS KOUSOUNIS

On av­er­age, each vis­i­tor to Greece in June spent 45 per­cent less than their coun­ter­parts in Spain in the same month and 20 per­cent less than those in Cyprus, ac­cord­ing to com­par­isons of of­fi­cial data from the three Mediter­ranean coun­tries that com­pete for visi­tors in the tourism mar­ket.

Data show that the av­er­age ex­pen­di­ture per vis­i­tor came to 589 eu­ros in Greece in June, against 1,065 eu­ros in Spain and 735 eu­ros in Cyprus.

In terms of rates of in­crease in tourism rev­enues in the Mediter­ranean, Turkey was the cham­pion in June, post­ing 27.1 per­cent year-onyear growth to more than 1.5 bil­lion eu­ros. In Cyprus travel ex­pen­di­ture rose 15.3 per­cent from June 2016, and in the first half of the year spend­ing rose 19.9 per­cent from the year be­fore to reach 996.4 mil­lion eu­ros. Spain en­joyed a 14.9 per­cent an­nual in­crease in June, col­lect­ing 8.98 bil­lion eu­ros.

Greece posted a sim­i­lar rise, amount­ing to 14.2 per­cent in June to more than 2 bil­lion eu­ros, but in the Jan­uary-June pe­riod the an­nual in­crease amounted to just 7.1 per­cent from the first half of 2016.

The Hel­lenic Sta­tis­ti­cal Author­ity also an­nounced a 7.3 per­cent in­crease in turnover in the ac­com­mo­da­tion and food ser­vice sec­tors in April-June yes­ter­day.

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