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63% of Greece’s Accommodation & Hotels Were Occupied in September, Minister Says

Figures published by the country’s Minister of Tourism, Vassilis Kikilias, revealed that the occupancy rate in accommodation and hotels in Greece reached 63 percent from September 12 to September 19.

The ministry also announced that as of November; German airline Condor will provide its services by operating flights to Crete, reports.

In addition, the minister stressed that the first country to choose France for holidays during July was the Hellenic Republic, with an increase of 88 percent of travelers compared to 2019 figures.

“For the first time in the history of the French Republic, Greece in July, according to data from EOT France, became the first destination country to surpass domestic tourism of France,” reads the statement published by the Greek Tourism Ministry.

In addition, the ministry revealed that the UK’s largest tour operator, Jet2, is also planning to operate flights in Greece from next April.

“The British aspire to bring the tourist season early. However, most tourist accommodations and especially high-end hotels on all our islands and at tourist destinations are crowded, and there will be this in October and in Crete and in November.

Greece recently revealed its plans to launch two campaigns to promote tourism in the country during the winter and spring seasons.

The country’s Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias confirmed that such campaigns were set up by the country’s Tourism Ministry in cooperation with the Greek National Organisation.

The Minister of Tourism confirmed that the first campaign will be launched during the months of November, December and January, while the second will be launched in early spring.

Kikilia previously stressed that the revenue of the tourism industry in Greece is expected to reach 12 billion euros for 2021, as tourism during the peak tourist season was successful.

In July, a report published by the European statistics provider EUROSTAT showed that the number of overnight stays of tourists in the European Union in institutions decreased by 61 percent, for the period from April 2020, to March 2021.

The same report confirmed that during the same period, tourism in the Republic of Greece decreased by 74 percent.

However, Greece is among the European countries that have constantly tried to revive the tourism sector, which has been severely affected by the spread of the Corona virus.

In this regard, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) commended the Greek government for its attempts as well as the strategic steps taken to help the sector recover from the damage caused by the COVID-19 situation.

Greece opened its doors to all vaccinated travelers from other countries on May 14.

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