In an interview to Proto Programma/ERT radio station, Minister of Tourism Elena Kountoura, stated that the figures for the Greek tourism industry in 2017 are spectacular.

She added that there is a huge increase in overnight stays and hotel occupancy, ranging from 80% to 95% in most tourist destinations, as well as record arrivals in some of them. The Minister also referred to important economic benefits from the tourism industry, particularly from non-Schengen countries.

“In the period 2016-2017 we succeeded in extending seasonality to our tourism industry”, added the Minister of Tourism E. Kountoura, “starting in December 2016 and even before the summer season of 2017.”

“This achievement was made possible by promoting Greece on a every day basis through thematic products such as health-wellness tourism, gastronomic tourism, conference tourism” noted Mrs. Kountoura.

Translation: Angeliki Dervou