The total number of hotel units in Attica dropped by three percent, down from 669 in 2005 to 649 in 2016, due to the crisis in the hotel business, according to the Athens - Attica & Argosaronic Hotel Association.
Tourists from Germany, Russia and the UK have already made plans to visit Greece this summer pushing the number of pre-bookings into positive territory and offering sector professionals a glimpse of what’s in store for 2017.
Greek tourism professionals are welcoming what appears to be a revival of German traveler interest in Greek destinations with talk of a 6 percent rise in pre-bookings for the upcoming summer as Germany’s consumer confidence is expected to show signs of improvement this month.
Thessaloniki reported a 0.49 percent drop in incoming tourism for the January-August period compared to a year ago with 3,500 fewer overnight stays at the city’s hotels, according to the Thessaloniki Hotels Association.
Greek hotels marked an increase in the number of online bookings and turnover in the second quarter of 2016 compared to the same period last year, according to Athens-based digital tourism experts Nelios.