Visitors to Greece in July Increase by 240.2% Bolstering Revenue
The number of incoming travelers to Greece increased by 240.2 percent in July and by 51.4 percent over the January-July 2021 period with travel receipts up by 235.6 percent in July and by 139.7 percent in the seven-month period, according to data released by the Bank of Greece (BoG) on Tuesday.
More specifically, the number of tourists visiting Greece in July rose by 240.2 percent year-on-year to some 2.8 million with traveler flows through airports up by 254.3 percent against July 2020 and via road border-crossing points up by 220.8 percent.
BoG analysts attribute the positive trend to stronger traveler flows from within the EU, up by 211.8 percent and from outside the EU up by 352.7 percent.
Overall, euro area visitors increased by 229.8 percent to some 1.3 million and the number of non-euro area vacationers grew by 181.4 percent to 691 thousand.
Who came to Greece in July
In terms of source markets, travelers from Germany increased by 178.6 percent to 460 thousand and by 393.9 percent from France to 261 thousand.
Turning to non-EU countries, holidaymakers from the UK rose by 187.3 percent to 178 thousand and by 4,214.3 percent to 97 thousand from the US. The number of visitors from Russia also increased by 6,099.5 percent to 27 thousand.
July visitors pushed travel receipts up by 235.6 percent year-on-year. Visiting EU residents generated 1,549 million euros in July up by 190.4 percent, while non-EU nationals sent revenues up by 393.2 percent to 712 million euros compared to July 2020 and 144 million euros.
Inbound travelers during first seven months of 2021
In the January-July 2021 period, the number of inbound travelers increased by 51.4 percent to 4,550 thousand against 3,006 thousand in the same period in 2020.
In the period under review, traveler flows through airports grew by 103.9 percent but were down via road border-crossing points by 16.6 percent.
The number of visiting EU nationals increased by 81.0 percent year-on-year to 3,245 thousand while non-EU travelers rose by 7.6 percent to 1,305 thousand.
Euro area travelers increased by 134.2 percent and the number of visitors from outside the euro area grew by 24.1 percent.
Travelers from Germany once again were the leading source market for the given period, reaching 801 thousand – up by 156.3 percent, followed by the French, stronger by 343.6 percent to 389 thousand.
Regarding non-EU countries, the number of travelers from the UK rose by 49.9 percent to 268 thousand, followed by visitors from the US up by 53.2 percent to 135 thousand, and from Russia by 38.3 percent to 31 thousand.
Over the seven-month period, travel receipts increased by 139.7 percent year-on-year to 3,384 million euros driven by a 176.9 percent rise in EU resident spending to 2,318 million euros and by an 81.3 percent increase in receipts from non-EU nationals to 1,037 million euros.
Greece needs to make it easier for motorhomers to visit all year by providing places to empty toilet cassettes & grey waste as well as having campsites open all year. This Winter is a great opportunityfor Greece with the Spain/Morocco ferries currently suspended.