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Hellenic Statistical Authority: Greece Sees 23% Jump in Tourist Arrivals in 2014

Tourists gathered in front of the Parliament building on Syntagma Square and wait to watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in central Athens. According to the Tourism Ministry, the city’s tourism development will include a strategy that will extend to neighborhoods throughout the city and not be not limited to the historic center.

Tourists in front of the Greek Parliament building on Syntagma Square.

For the year 2014, Greece saw a 23 percent increase in non-resident tourist arrivals compared with the number in 2013, according to a border survey conducted by the Bank of Greece and released by the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) on Tuesday.

According to the data, arrivals from Europe — which accounts for the majority of arrivals of non-residents to Greece (88,4 percent) — registered an increase of 23,4 percent in January-December 2014 as compared with the year before. Arrivals from EU Member States recorded an increase of 25,9 percent.

arrivals_2014_1A significant increase in arrivals was recorded from the majority of the European Countries.

Greece saw maximum tourist influx from Bulgaria (121,8 percent), France (27 percent), Romania (94,8 percent), United Kingdom (13,2 percent), Serbia (26,6 percent), Poland (52,7 percent), Germany (8,5 percent) and Italy (15,9 percent).

Greece saw a “not significant” drop in arrivals from certain European countries, the Hellenic Statistical Authority notes. Greece saw the largest decrease of arrivals from Russia (-7,6 percent) and Sweden (-8,4 percent).

Arrivals from the US on the up

An increase of arrivals to Greece was also recorded from other continents such as the United States (26,9 percent), Asia (16,4 percent) and Turkey (17,5 percent).

In regards to the contribution of arrivals by country of origin, the largest number of arrivals for the European countries were from Germany (11,2 percent), the United Kingdom (9,5 percent) and Bulgaria (7 percent).

The data also revealed that most arrivals to Greece last year were made by road and air.

The main points of entry, which account for the biggest percentage of traffic by road are Evzoni (9,4 percent) and Promahonas (6,8 percent) and by air include Athens Airport (15,1 percent) and Heraklion Airport (11,5 percent).arrivals_2014_2


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