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Tourist arrivals to Greece and revenues fall in the first quarter

Tourist arrivals in Greece fell by 4.2% in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same year before, reaching 1,637,000, and tourism Further reduced by 9.2%, according to provisional data published today by the Bank of Greece.

Athens, July 6 (EFE) .- Tourist arrivals in Greece fell by 4.2% in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same year before, reaching 1,637,000 people. Tourism revenues were further reduced by 9.2%, according to provisional data published today by the Bank of Greece.

Despite this reduction, the Association of Hoteliers Greece (SEP) estimates that 2017 will be a record year for tourist arrivals.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said with a message on his social networks after his meeting today With those responsible for SETE that "it is possible that, for the first time, tourists surpass 30 million."

The report of the Bank of Greece explains that the fall in revenues is due to the Average reduction of tourist spending by 14.3% among non-EU visitors and by 3.2% among passengers from the European Union (EU).

Visitors from EU countries grew by 3.3% compared to the same period last year, making a total of 956,000 tourists, while the number of non-EU passengers decreased by 8.4% And remained at 636,500.

German tourists increased by 31.6%, although there was a sharp decline of British visitors by 14.9% and the French by 29.3% %.

With respect to arrival from non-EU countries, US tourists grew by 32.4% and Russians by 3.8%.

Quarter of 2017 and remained at 489.4 million euros, compared to 539.1 million last year.

In 2016, despite the increase in tourist arrivals, Tourism dropped for the first time since 2012.

The money spent by community tourists dropped by 3.2%, making a total of 267.1 million euros, while spending Citizens from outside the EU fell by 14.3%, to 214 million euros.

Cruise revenues totaled 8.4 million euros, a 38.5% Period of the previous year.

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