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Tourism to Greece Keeps Up the Momentum Ahead of Summer

Photo: © Maria Theofanopoulou

Photo: © Maria Theofanopoulou

Inbound tourism traffic to Greece continues its momentum as the summer season draws near, with the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE) estimating an 18 percent rise in tourists passing through Greece’s regional airports compared to 2017.

In its report titled “Outlook 2018 – Prospects for Inbound Tourism to Greece in 2018”, SETE’s research department (SETE Intelligence) forecasts increased incoming tourist traffic figures through the country’s regional airports based on the number of planned seats by airlines (through to March 31) for the 2018 period and the economic developments in source markets, which in 2016 accounted for 76 percent of all incoming tourism to the country.

Analysts attribute the increased demand for air seats to the improved economic climate in most source markets, where many travelers plan ahead for their holidays.

Mykonos, © Maria Theofanopoulou

© Maria Theofanopoulou

SETE analysts do however express their concern for traffic in 2019 in view of Russia’s changing economy and Turkey’s dynamic comeback, which they say will inevitably impact Greek tourism figures.

At the same time, consumer confidence in the UK market, particularly ahead of Brexit, is showing signs of decline.

According to the report, Greece’s regional airports are set to record a rise of 34 percent to 946,000 people from Germany, a 13 percent increase to 449,000 from the UK, 56 percent growth to 464,000 from Poland, a 14 percent rise to 159,000 from Italy, and a 15 percent increase to 126,000 from France.

On the downside, regional airports are set to mark a decline in incoming travelers from Russia down by 8 percent or 109,000.

In the meantime, Greece is among the Top 10 destinations of choice in all its source markets, with the exception of Russia and the US, where it ranks 11th and 25th respectively.

More specifically, Greece ranks 1st in the markets of Bulgaria, Turkey and Cyprus, 2nd in the Romanian market, 5th in Italy, 6th in the UK, 7th in France and 8th in Germany.

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