Greece Tourist Arrivals On The Rise

Bumper month in April as many head for the islands

According to latest figures, tourists numbers in Greece are rising. While overall arrivals were up by 5.6% for January-April, compared to last year’s figures, April alone welcomed over half a million visitors to the country, mainly its islands, as Greece warms up for a long summer.

The most significant rise in numbers are at the islands’ airports: Rhodes, Kos and Zakynthos in particular. April’s passenger figures for Rhodes airport were up 133% compared to 2010 which was a very difficult year for Greece on many fronts. Kos is up by 539% and Zakythos by 504% for April.

The Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises collected data from 13 airports and ironically Greece’s main airport, Athens International, saw a 4.9% drop in foreign arrivals during spring, the only airport to report lower figures than the same time last year.

Meanwhile Cyprus is also seeing a jump in visitors – up 43% in April compared to last year, with the sharpest jumps boosted by tourists from Britain, Russia and Germany in particular. For Cyprus, income from tourism accounts for almost 12% of the country’s domestic product.

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