“During the first half of the year we had an increase in air arrivals of around five percent, but also a significant drop in road arrivals around seven percent. The balance was zero and slightly negative”, the president of the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE), Andreas Andreadis said during a radio interview on Thursday.
“July showed a much better picture, as it is the first month that road arrivals showed an increase of one percent, while air arrivals moved somewhat better than expected, with growth at around eight to ten percent”, he added.
Arrivals last month at Heraklio on Crete were up by 12 percent compared to the same month last year. Corfu saw a 13.5 percent increase in international tourists with the most arrivals coming from Italy (26,9 percent), Germany (22,2 percent) and France (19,6 percent).
In addition, Rhodes was said to have seen a 10.6 percent rise in arrivals last month.
According to a study released by the Institute of the Greek Tourism Confederation (InSETE) on Thursday, international tourist arrivals to Greece this year are expected to increase by 6 percent (over 25 million) and generate expenditure of 14.55 billion euros, an increase of 6.4 percent.