Greece will invest more than 300 million euros from EU funds into tourism announced the secretary general of Tourism Policy and Development, Mr George Tziallas.
This was a much needed boost in a sector that, other than agriculture, feeds the Greek economy and which performed relatively well in the current year with Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura confirming that 1.5 million additional tourists came to Greece this year compared to the previous one.
Despite the increase in tourists, revenues may be marginally lower, she said adding this must be examined after the collection of all data. Based on recent data, she said, tourists of higher income visited Greece while our country is not included in the list of “cheap” destinations to justify the drop in revenues.
Kountoura also noted that tourist season was extended from April to November, while September and October were the best months of all time with occupancy rates reaching 100% in Athens and Thessaloniki.