21.8 million tourists visited Greece in the first eight months of 2019

21.8 million tourists visited Greece in the first eight months of 2019

The number of tourists that visited Greece between January and August reached 21.8 million, recording a 3.5% increase compared to the same period last year.

According to data from the Bank of Greece, airport travel increased by 2.4%, while road travel increased by 5.6%.

Travel from EU-28 countries increased by 2.7% compared to 2018, while travel from non-EU-28 countries increased by 5.8%. Travel traffic from euro area countries decreased by 3.2%, while that from the EU-28 countries outside the euro area increased by 9.5%.

Specifically, travel from Germany decreased by 8.5% to 2.659 thousand passengers, while that of France increased by 3.7% to 1.151 thousand. Travel traffic from the United Kingdom also increased by 19.3% to 2.486 thousand passengers. Finally, in terms of countries outside the EU-28, travel from the US increased by 11.1% to 787 thousand travelers, while that from Russia increased by 3.8% to 388 thousand travelers.

Revenue

The increased tourist activity resulted in revenues increasing by 13.6% compared to the corresponding period of 2018, amounting to EUR 13.42 billion. This is due to an increase of 12.7% in revenue from EU-28 countries, to EUR 9.145 billion, and a 16.5% increase from non-EU-28 countries, which stood at EUR 3.788 billion.

In particular, revenue from Germany decreased by 4.8% to EUR 1,961 million, while revenue from France increased by 13.5% to EUR 825 million. Revenues from the United Kingdom also increased by 33.6% to EUR 1,949 million. Outside the EU-28, revenues from the US rose by 13.3% to EUR 763 million, while revenues from Russia increased by 20.4% to EUR 313 million./ibna