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Charter arrivals, overnights rise

The number of overnights tourists spent at hotels in Athens, Thessaloniki, Corfu, Rhodes, Halkidiki and Crete in October rose…

The number of overnights tourists spent at hotels in Athens, Thessaloniki, Corfu, Rhodes, Halkidiki and Crete in October rose by 14.04 percent compared to the same period last year, according to government figures. The national statistics service surveyed 273 hotels – or 60 percent of all accommodation available – in these areas and found that the October 1999 figure increased by 1,710,121 from 1,499,552 in 1998. Average occupancy rates grew from 57.53 percent to 65.6 percent.

Between April and October this year, 14,818,706 overnights were recorded, up from 14,165,672 for the same period last year – a rise of 4.61 percent.

Average occupancy rates over the seven months was 80.57 percent, up from 77.02 percent.

The statistics service found that charter arrival<.>s for October jumped significantly. Its study of the country`s main airports of Rhodes, Corfu, Iraklio and Thessaloniki (figures for Athens were not available from the Civil Aviation Authority) registered an overall increase of 19.32 percent, from 346,564 to 413,532 charter arrivals. These airports host around 60 percent of charter arrivals.

The rise seen in the period April-October 1999 was more modest, at 14.44 percent. Arrivals totalled 4,614,634 – up from 4,032,210.

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