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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