Nearly 8 Million Tourists Visit Greece in First Half of Year
Nearly 8 million people chose to holiday in Greece in the first six months of the year, according to the latest data released by the Bank of Greece.
More specifically, a total of 7.98 million travelers visited Greece in the first half of the year (H1) up by 360.8 percent over last year’s 1.7 million. Of the total, 4.79 million were from the EU, a 305.2 percent rise, and 3.19 million from outside the Union, up by 480.3 percent.
Air arrivals in the six-month period increased by 428.9 percent over 2021 and through road border crossings by 247.9 percent.
Main source markets for Greece in H1 2022 were Germany, the UK and France. Inbound traffic from Germany increased by 316.4 percent to 1.4 million visitors, from France by 315.4 percent to 530,000 and from the UK up by a massive 1.251.9 percent to 1.2 million. Arrivals from the US also increased by 745.9 percent to 324,000.
In the first half of the year, travelers generated in total 5.126 billion euros in revenue, just 287 million euros short of the January-June 2019 period (5.413 billion).
In June, incoming tourist traffic increased by 241.5 percent over the same month in 2021 to 3.6 million travelers.
Airport traffic grew by 262.1 percent over June 2021 and arrivals through road border points by 187.0 percent.
The highest spenders in H1 were tourists from Germany, up by 264.6 percent, France – up by 247.9 percent, the UK and the US.
Overall, compared to the January-June period before the onset of Covid-19, travel receipts were down by 5.3 percent, inbound traffic by -15.1 percent while average spending per trip increased by 12.6 percent.
Compared to June 2019, travel receipts increased by 2.3 percent, average spending per trip by +15.9 percent, while inbound traffic decreased by 11.0 percent.