the variety of vacationers has greater than doubled for the reason that begin of 2022
The variety of overseas vacationers to Greece has greater than doubled for the reason that begin of the yr regardless of the struggle in Ukraine and inflation, with out nevertheless reaching the pre-pandemic document, based on statistics printed on Monday.
From January to the top of August, 19.12 million foreigners set off to find the Acropolis or the islands of the Aegean Sea, a bounce of 121% in comparison with the identical interval of 2021, a yr nonetheless weighed down by restrictions linked to Covid-19, introduced the Financial institution of Greece.
For the month of August alone, the normal ‘peak’ of the vacationer season across the Mediterranean, the variety of overseas vacationers exceeded 5.8 million, a rise of 44% in comparison with August 2021.
Whereas the vacationer business is the engine of the Greek financial system, the variety of foreigners staying within the nation stays beneath 2019, thought of a document which had contributed to the restoration of the financial system after the droop of the years of disaster.
Over the primary eight months of the yr, the decline reached 12.4% in comparison with the identical interval of 2019. In August in comparison with August 2019, the decline was 13.3%.
Along with inflation, which is a pressure on the budgets of many households in Europe, tourism has suffered particularly from the results of the struggle in Ukraine with a 93% drop within the variety of Russian vacationers, who’re very keen on the seashores of Crete or Corfu, on the primary eight months of the yr.
Alternatively, the British, nonetheless nearly disadvantaged of stays overseas in 2021, have discovered their favourite trip spots. From January to the top of August, the variety of them coming into Greece greater than quadrupled (+316%) to some 3 million in comparison with the identical interval final yr.
Subsequent come the Germans with 2.89 million guests within the first eight months of 2022 (+88.6%) and the French with 1.3 million (+69.7%).
If the principle gamers within the sector have been exhibiting their satisfaction for weeks within the Greek media, many questions come up about the way forward for a sector which represents 25% of Greece’s GDP.
Some islands are threatened with saturation whereas others have change into so costly that they’re unaffordable for a lot of Greeks.
Within the previous city of Corfu, for instance, as in different islands, trip leases have change into so widespread that locals, particularly college students and civil servants, discover it very troublesome to seek out lodging.
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