More Problems for Greece
Earlier this year, the Eurozone crisis dominated news channels and newspapers for months. The crisis left Greece in a turbulent and uncertain position, with experts hoping that tourism, which makes up 17% of the country’s income, would give Greece a much needed economic boost.
However, according to recent figures by the Bank of Greece, the country saw an 11% fall in visitor numbers from January to May, compared to the same period last year. Over 105,000 British holidaymakers visited Greece during this period, making them the largest visitors. The second largest visitor group were from Germany, but their numbers dropped by nearly 25% to just over 65,000.
According to this research, tourists were deterred from visiting Greece this year by the recent elections, the economic issues and because they were uncertain if the country would remain part of the Euro.
Furthermore, the travellers who did visit Greece this year spent over 12% less than they did in 2011; this signifies a loss of €1.48 billion. On the other hand, Olga Kefalogianni, who is now in charge of rebuilding Greek tourism, seems positive that the next few years will see greater numbers returning to Greece.
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