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Athens & Thessaloniki See Tourist Arrivals Increase In Jan-Feb 2014

Athens_AirportInternational tourist arrivals to Greece increased by nearly 28.8 percent during the first two months of the year compared with the same period in 2013, according to data from the country’s major airports released by the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE).

According to the data, this development is due to a significant increase in tourist arrivals at the airports of Athens (30 percent) and Thessaloniki (17.5 percent).

The data also showed that already the first tourists are arriving to destinations such as Rhodes, Chania and Kalamata.

Greek tourism minister is optimistic

Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni. © ANA-MPA

Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni. © ANA-MPA

Commenting on this year’s tourism season during a recent press conference, Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni said initial signs are positive.

Referring to 2013 as a “record year,” Mrs. Kefalogianni said Greek tourism is currently in a development process that must continue. Over 17.5 million tourists visited Greece last year (almost 18 percent increase) while tourism receipts amounted to some 12 billion euros including cruise revenue.

“The recovery of Greek tourism is a fact, now the real issue is how tourism can help towards the recovery of the national economy,” the Greek tourism minister said.


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  1. Anushka Constantinople Reply

    Olga Kefalogianni is a Star!! She’s pure brilliance and it’s because of her Greece will be saved. Yet another woman to the rescue! If a man was in charge we would be going backwards……Men have no idea!
    Bravo Olga….You’re the Best!

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