The number of overnight stays at short stay accommodation facilities in Greece, rose by 4.2 percent with arrivals up by 4.4 percent in 2017, according to a survey released by the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT).
According to ELSTAT figures, the number of arrivals at the country’s short stay units came to 5.9 million against 5.6 million in 2016, with overnight stays at these establishments at 29.7 million in 2017 compared to 28.5 million a year before.
Broken down, the South Aegean Region recorded a 9.6 percent rise in the number of arrivals and a 5.4 increase in terms of overnight stays, followed by Epirus at 21.8 percent and 19 percent, Central Macedonia (3.3 percent, 2.8 percent), and Thessaly (8.6 percent, 9.9 percent) in 2017, compared with 2016.
Europeans accounted for the largest share of arrivals (89.3 percent) and overnight stays (94.7 percent) at these establishments. Broken down, nationals from the UK accounted for 5.5 percent of total arrivals and 18.4 percent of overnighters, followed by Germany (9 percent, 8.3 percent), Italy (7.3 percent, 6.6 percent) and France (6.1 percent, 3.9 percent). For travelers outside Europe, Russians marked the highest percentages at 4.8 percent and 5.2 percent, respectively.
To see ELSTAT’s data on arrivals and overnight stays in hotels and tourist campsites in Greece in 2017, press here.