Greece recorded Eur 1.5 billion in tourism revenues in October 2022, a good 3.3 pc above the pre-pandemic number recorded in October 2019, says Greek Minister of Tourism Vasilis Kikilias.
Kikilias says this increase in revenues is a result of the rise in arrivals from important markets with which strategic agreements were made this year, including 69.2 pc from Great Britain, 10.6 pc from Germany, and 6 pc from France, compared to October 2019.
“These performances in the month of October prove de facto that the lengthening of the tourist season has become a reality, and they mean multiple revenues not only for the branded islands, but also for the less popular mainland destinations, Athens and Thessaloniki,” says Kikilias.
The minister also emphasises that the surplus of Eur 3 billion, which the tourism industry is expecting this year, will be distributed to vulnerable groups, families, and people in need, adding that Greece has proven how much it tries to support society. During the pandemic, the country allocated Eur 44 billion in different forms to its citizens, Eur 10 billion of which was for energy.
Meanwhile, he noted that in October, Fraport’s airports recorded an increase of 14.9 pc compared to October 2019. As a result, there was also an increase in the turnover in accommodation and hotels, respectively by 22.1 pc and 19.8 pc in the third quarter of this year, reaching 100 pc in many places.
The Minister of Tourism added that Eur 100 million would be allocated from the program titled “Save-Operate” in order to support the owners of small hotels and accommodations in mountain destinations that are most affected by the energy crisis. He also confirmed that the contribution to “Tourism for all” will continue until the end of January 2023.
Noting that Greece is considered one of the main tourist brands around the world, the Greek authorities have announced that this year the income from tourism has already exceeded Eur 18 billion.