By Spiros Sideris – Athens
More than 15.3 million tourists visited Greece between January – August, an increase of 22.1%, according to figures from the Bank of Greece.
In August alone, the number of tourists who traveled to the country reached 4.88 million, an increase of 25% compared to the same month last year.
From the EU countries, the number of tourists reached 9 million representing an increase of 21.8% compared to the same period of 2013.
Also, the arrivals from other countries outside the EU-28 amounted to 6.5 million representing an increase of 22.4%. Arrivals from the countries of the euro area grew by 14.6% and arrivals from the EU-28 outside the euro area by 33.1%.
In particular, there was an increase in arrivals from Germany and France by 4.5% and 20.7% respectively, as well as arrivals from the United Kingdom at 15.6%. Finally, with respect to other countries outside the EU-28, arrivals from Russia remained stable and amounted to 928 thousand. Travelers and arrivals from the United States increased by 24.8% and amounted to 386,000.
This increase in tourist arrivals in the country has resulted in an increase in the revenue during this period by 11.1% compared to the same period of 2013 and amounted to EUR 9.37 billion. This development was mainly due to the increased revenues from residents of countries of the EU-28 by 14.5%, which amounted to EUR 5,950 billion, and secondarily from revenues collected from residents of countries other than the EU 28, which amounted to EUR 3.509 billion between January – August 2014, an increase of 6.8% compared to the same period of 2013.