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Against all odds, Greek tourism is winning

Nelson Alcantara, eTN editor-in-chief  Aug 18, 2011

Amid internal conflicts caused by its economic woes, Greece has once again shown the world that its travel and tourism industry remains strong and is experiencing a double-digit increase.

The increase in foreign tourist arrivals in Greece in the first seven months of the year is at 10% in the period January-July against the same period in 2010, according to figures released by the Federation of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE, in Greek).

According to SETE, the biggest increase in foreign arrivals was recorded on the island of Rhodes with an increase of 28%, and the other islands of the Dodecanese, including Kos, with an increase of 26%, while substantial increases were also recorded on the island of Crete, and Thessaloniki.

SETE added that Britons and Germans were in first place in arrivals, followed by Italians, Swedes, Russians and Israelis. “The biggest increase in arrivals to Rhodes was from Israel, followed by Russia, Poland, and Finland.”

SETE also said that there has been an increase in passenger traffic at the Thessaloniki International Airport [‘Makedonia’] from Russia and Scandinavian countries.

Against all odds, Greek tourism is winning
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