Tourism in Greece is on track to yield record high revenues this year, exceeding pre-pandemic levels, according to local officials, industry experts and analysts.
In 2019, Greece registered 32 million arrivals and some 18 billion euros in tourism-related revenues, according to Bank of Greece figures.
Data so far this year indicate a strong comeback. Tourism-related revenues were 224.5% higher in June and 329.3% higher in January-June 2022 than in the corresponding periods of 2021, according to the latest BoG announcement.
“After two very difficult years for tourism, we had an extremely positive rebound this year that helps us a lot and helps the Greek economy a lot. As a sector we usually account for 25% of GDP, this is a very big number for a national economy,” Alexandros Vassilikos, president of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels (HCH), told Xinhua on Friday.