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German Tourists Spend Most Lavishly In Greece

touristGerman tourists are Greece’s biggest spenders on an annual basis as they splashed out some 1.65 billion euros last year, according to the latest report by the Bank of Greece.

On the other hand, Australian travelers spend more per trip and per person with average expenditure per trip adding up to 1,327 euros and per overnight amounting to 125 euros.

UK visitors were the second biggest spenders in Greece (1.42 billion euros) followed by the Russians (943.9 million euros) and the French (763.9 million euros).

Of Greece’s total tourism revenue last year, 6.57 billion euros came from individual tourists and 3.43 billion euros from visitors who came to the country via organized travel packages and cruise packages.

In 2012, tourism revenue exceeded 10 billion euros.

According to data, the year 2008 was considered the best for Greek tourism in terms of tourism revenue as it amounted to 11.6 billion euros.

International arrivals for 2012

Last year, 15.52 million tourists visited Greece of which 11.4 million were individual travelers and 4.1 million arrived through an organized travel packages.

Although German arrivals to Greece were considered very low last year, the most visitors in Greece were in fact from Germany (2.1 million), followed by Britons (1.92 million arrivals), French (977.4 million arrivals), Italians (848.1 million arrivals) and Russians (874.8 million arrivals).

Greek tourism professionals believe that 2013 will be a record year for Greek tourism as over 17 million tourists are expected in Greece.

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