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Optimism for incoming tourists in Greece

The year 1998 was the best in the history of tourism to Greece, with close to 12 million arrivals. This year was tipped to be better until the Kosovo crisis diluted the arrival<.>s. As it turned out tourist numbers form the USA were diminished, by some 15%, affecting mostly Athens and Aegean cruises, but arrivals from Europe and Scandinavia more than made up for this loss.
The Athens area had a decrease of only 1,2% between January and May. Subsidies for eastern Europeans helped boost arrivals at northern resort areas.
The EOT, Hellenic National Tourism Organization, projects a 10% overall increase in visitors for 1999, with possibly a new record, topping 12 million. Predictions are that annual arrivals could be boosted by two to three million in the near future. Several major tour operators are expanding their programs to Greece.
In addition, winter tourism to Greece, with its moderate climate, has been developing during the last few years, with major hotels, resorts, restaurants, bars and night clubs on the mainland and on several islands operating the year around.
The government is planning several incentives to help boost winter tourism as well. These would include lower landing fees and subsidies for tour operators….

The year 1998 was the best in the history of tourism to Greece, with close to 12 million arrivals. This year was tipped to be better until the Kosovo crisis diluted the arrival<.>s. As it turned out tourist numbers form the USA were diminished, by some 15%, affecting mostly Athens and Aegean cruises, but arrivals from Europe and Scandinavia more than made up for this loss.

The Athens area had a decrease of only 1,2% between January and May. Subsidies for eastern Europeans helped boost arrivals at northern resort areas.

The EOT, Hellenic National Tourism Organization, projects a 10% overall increase in visitors for 1999, with possibly a new record, topping 12 million. Predictions are that annual arrivals could be boosted by two to three million in the near future. Several major tour operators are expanding their programs to Greece.

In addition, winter tourism to Greece, with its moderate climate, has been developing during the last few years, with major hotels, resorts, restaurants, bars and night clubs on the mainland and on several islands operating the year around.

The government is planning several incentives to help boost winter tourism as well. These would include lower landing fees and subsidies for tour operators.

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