Greece's state tourism authority EOT expects 2000 to end with an overall rise in arrivals of 2-4%…
Greece's state tourism authority EOT expects 2000 to end with an overall rise in arrivals of 2-4%, in line with the positive trends seen in recent years.
According to initial figures, the total figure for 2000 is estimated at between 12.4 and 12.6 million arrivals. The increase in arrivals is not expected to be significant in view of the substantial rise 11.43% – seen in 1999.
More specifically, in Athens overnights at hotels for the first eight months of the year rose by 8.29% compared to 1999. In Thessaloniki, the figure for April-August jumped 11.25%.
In Rhodes, charter arrivals rose 1.66% for the first eight months of the year. Corfu saw an increase of 9.81% for the April-September period while the figure for Iraklio, Crete rose by 1.94% for the April-August period.
In some parts of the country, a drop in overnights at hotels was noted though the months of September and October were not included in these figures.
Greek tourism sector earnings up
Bank of Greece figures show a 5.75% rise in tourism enterprise earnings for the first half of the year.
A Hellenic Tourism Organisation (EOT) survey clarifies that the level of incoming foreign exchange no longer provides an accurate measure of the contribution tourism makes to the Greek economy.
This will become especially evident once Greece enters the European Monetary Union in 2001.
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