“Last year 148,532 Greek tourists visited Spain and left behind 158 million euros in revenue for the country,” Arturo Claver, the director of new markets of Turespana (Spanish Tourism Organization), said at a media briefing in Athens last month. Mr. Klaver said by 2015 Turespana wants to attract 200,000 Greeks to Spain.
Turespana’s director of new markets mentioned that Spain is a growing destination for Greece and that 17 public agencies, tour operators and hoteliers visit Greece frequently to promote destination Spain to the Greek market.
“We are very interested in the promotion of Spain as a destination for lovers of culture, arts and museums,” he said.
He also mentioned that Aegean Airlines’ flight to Spanish city La Coruna would help boost Greek arrivals to Spain.
During the first four months of the year arrivals to Spain from the country’s four main markets (Germany, United Kingdom, France and Italy) increased from eight to 12 percent.
Last year Spain welcomed 53 million tourists, out of which 84 percent were repeat visits. Spain’s tourism industry makes up 11 percent of the country’s GDP.