“The Special Olympics World Summer Games Athens 2011 delivered multiple benefits to Greece that included some 300,000 overnight stays, thousands of sea and air travel arrivals and increased tourism traffic,” president of the Special Olympics Organizing Committee Athens 2011, Joanna Despotopoulou, said last month.
At a press conference held at the Zappeion Hall, Mrs. Despotopoulou said the average time foreign visitors usually spend in Greece increased dramatically this June and July due to the event.
According to Mrs. Despotopoulou, the average stay of Chinese and Japanese visitors in Greece reached up to 12 days.
She also mentioned the benefits the Games left on hotels, restaurants and shops across Greece that welcomed athletes and spectators.
The Special Olympics World Summer Games Athens 2011 were held 25 June-4 July and featured more than 7,000 Special Olympics Athletes from nearly 180 countries around the world.
The Special Olympics World Winter Games PyeongChang 2013 will be held in Korea 26 January-6 February 2013.