Athens, May 26, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
More than 1.7 million tourists visited Greece in the first quarter. According to data from the Bank of Greece incoming tourists rose by 45.6% compared to the same period of 2014.
This development has led to travel revenue recording an increase by 12.8% compared to the first quarter of 2014, reaching 532 million euro.
This development is primarily due to the increase by 16.7% of the revenues from residents of countries outside the EU-28, which amounted to EUR 266 million, and secondly to revenue from the inhabitants of the EU-28, which reached EUR 253 million for the period January-March 2015, an increase of 9.8% compared to the same period of 2014.
Specifically, revenue from residents of euro area countries amounted to EUR 138 million, decreased by 2.4%, while revenue from residents of the EU 28 countries, outside the eurozone, increased by 29.6% and amounted to EUR 114 million.
In particular, revenue from Germany increased by 2.8% and amounted to 42 million euros and the proceeds from France increased by 39.7% and amounted to 14 million euros, while revenue from the United Kingdom amounted to 42 million euros, an increase of 25.5%.
Among the other countries outside the EU-28 reduction was recorded in the proceeds from Russia at 73.2%, which amounted to 5 million euros, while those from the USA increased by 32.9% and amounted to 35 million euros.