Greek Museums and Archaeological Sites Double Revenue and Visitors in 2022
Greek museums and archaeological sites have managed to double their ticket revenue and number of visitors during the 2022 Jan-Dec period, when compared to 2021, according to data recently published by the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT).
More specifically, from January to December 2022, total receipts from Greek museums and sites amounted to 121 million euros up 122 percent when compared to 2021’s performance over the same period.
Furthermore, a total of 15.5 million people visited the country’s museums and sites of archaeological interest during Jan-Dec 2022, up 111.8 percent when compared to 2021’s number of visitors over the respective period.
These Jan-Dec 2022 figures, when compared to 2019’s same period, fall behind by 7.3 percent when it comes to ticket revenue and by 20.6 percent regarding the number of visitors.
Greek museums with the highest losses of visitors in 2022, compared to 2019’s numbers, were those of Heraklion in Crete (- 63 percent) Ancient Olympia (- 47 percent), and Delphi (- 40 percent).
In addition, the archaeological sites still lagging behind 2019’s performance were those of Ancient Epidaurus ( – 27 percent), Ancient Olympia (- 26 percent) and the Vergina Royal Tombs (-25 percent).
On the positive side, the only prominent archaeological site surpassing 2019 visitors’ numbers was that of ancient Lindos on Rhodes which was visited by 70,000 more people during Jan-Dec 2022, compared to the same 2019 period.
Equally popular was the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights on Rhodes visited only by 400 less people during Jan-Dec 2022 than Jan-Dec 2019.
Finally, the December 2022 Greek museums and sites ticket revenue saw a 2.3 percent increase compared to the revenue achieved in December 2019.