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Tourism in Greece Reached 75% of Pre-Pandemic Levels in September, Minister Says

Greek Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilia has revealed that Greek tourism has almost fully recovered from its pre-pandemic levels. The same source indicated that in 2021 it reached 75 percent of the arrivals in 2019, and the country reached its goal of generating 50 percent of the revenue that was achieved in 2019.

In a radio interview with Sky, Minister Kikilia said that tourism increased by 79.2 percent compared to 2020 and amounted to 8.6 million passengers compared to 14.8 million in 2020, Bank of Greece data reveals.

Tourism peaked in August with four million passengers, an increase of 125.5 percent compared to the same period the previous year. In September, accommodation facilities in Greece welcomed 2.3 million passengers, indicating a 110 percent increase compared to September 2020, reports.

Moreover, the minister also noted that Greece has gained a reputation as a popular mountain destination and has reached 100 percent occupancy, which means that the goal of sustainable tourism products, and thus year-round tourism, is slowly starting.

For the first time after 71 years, German tour operators held their annual conference in our country, in Costa Navarino, in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism, EOT, HATTA / FedHATTA and the private sector. We had 450 top tour operators, from TUI to Condor, that still fly to Crete and Rhodes and will be flying throughout November.”

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Moreover, he also noted that airlines from the UK, France, Germany and the US are discussing increasing the number of available seats from 30 to 50 percent.

The Greek government is promoting the country as a sustainable tourism model and a permanent tourism experience, doubling the number of destinations.

In this context, the minister said that they are preparing a strategy that we will announce in the winter, and it will include a model of management and responsibilities, based on the management of water resources and solid waste, the method of transportation to and from our islands, the management of cruises, the prolongation of the tourist season, as well as the destinations.

Previously, the country was highly acclaimed by the World Travel Awards for its tourism management amid the pandemic and was announced as Europe’s top destination for 2021.

From May 13 to October 17, more than 1.3 million visitors were registered in the Rhodes region. Moreover, from October 1 to 17, 163,997 visitors were registered for the autumn season, which is an increase of 203.6 percent over the previous year.

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