The Greek island of Skiathos is one of five new most sought-after destinations entering the top 10 for June 2019, according to a monthly bulletin released this week by SETE Intelligence (INSETE), the research department of the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE).
Besides Skiathos, the top Greek destinations most in demand for the month of June were Athens, Parga, Chania on Crete, and Skala on the island of Agistri. Followed by four new-to-the-top 10: Adamantas on Milos, Naxos Town, Skopelos Town, and Naoussa on Paros. Tinos Town completes the top 10 list.
At the same time, according to the report, the Cyclades islands recorded the highest satisfaction among visitors at 90.9 percent with Epirus garnering a 90.8 percent satisfaction rate, the highest in mainland Greece.
In July, Greece ranked first in the overall hotel satisfaction index (GRI) with 87.7 percent, followed by Cyprus (85.7 percent), and Croatia (85.3 percent).
In terms of source markets for Greece in July, Italy was at the top, followed by the UK and Germany.
INSETE analysts go on to note that in the first half of the year, the number of higher income travelers (non-EU countries) appeared to be rising with those from low-cost markets declining (Balkan countries, EU countries outside the euro zone).
Overall, in the January-July 2019 period, the number of arrivals by air increased by 3.4 percent to 11.9 million, with Athens airport marking an 11.2 percent rise, Thessaloniki (8.7 percent), the Cyclades (7.5 percent) and the Peloponnese (7.2 percent).
In July, 3.9 million travelers went through Greek airports, an increase of 1.4 percent compared to July 2018, with Athens International Airport handling 68,000 additional passengers, or an 8.5 percent rise.
Revenue, meanwhile, for the January-June 2019 period increased by 15.3 percent, or by an additional 732 million euros, to 5.509 million euros.