Tourism: 19 million visitors expected in Greece this year

18 August, 15:12

    (ANSAmed) - ATHENS, AUGUST 18 - The 2014 arrival forecast for Greece is still set at 19 million tourists, despite a drop in arrivals of Russian and Ukrainian visitors, GTP website reports quoting an announcement from the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE). SETE came to this conclusion after processing international arrival figures for the first seven months of the year. According to the data, international arrivals at Greece's major airports during the January-July 2014 period were up by 16.5% compared with the same period in 2013.

    Overall, some 8.1 million arrivals were recorded in Greece during the first seven months of the year. The "champions" of the January-July period were Athens, Chania, Mykonos, Santorini and Kalamata as arrivals to the airports of those destinations were up by 31%, 22.9%, 39.9%, 26.7% and 62.5% respectively. On Athens, SETE commented that the Greek capital was continuing its impressive recovery, considering the rise in arrivals during the first seven months of the year, as well as in July alone (25% increase). However, the association commented that Heraklion Airport seems to have reached its capacity limits. The airport in Crete saw an increase of only 2.7% in July, compared to the same month last year. "There is concern for the coming years, given that a bidder for the construction of the new airport in Kasteli has yet to be found and the necessary short-term improvements to the current airport have still not been carried out," SETE said. (ANSAmed).

    © Copyright ANSA - All rights reserved

    Business opportunities

    The information system of business
    opportunities abroad

    News from Mediterranean