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Kountoura: 2017 will be the Best Year in the History of Greek Tourism

Posted On 14 Apr 2017

If nothing unexpected occurs then 2017 will be the best year in the history of Greek tourism so far, according to Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura.

In an interview to Greek newspaper Vradini, the tourism minister said that bookings to Greece from traditional and new markets this year were up 15 to 70 percent compared to 2016.

The minister said that at least 150 new air connections and 6,000 extra flights to regional airports, in destinations including Kos, Rhodes, Mykonos, Santorini, Corfu, Kefalonia, Zakynthos, Aktion and Thessaloniki, are expected in Greece this season.

Greece Among Top Choices for Germans and Britons

Posted On 12 Apr 2017

Mediterranean countries including Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Morocco and Egypt remain among the most popular tourist destinations to visitors from Germany and the UK, international research institute GFK said in a recent report.

German holiday bookings for Greece increased by 59.1 percent between January and February 2017, placing it second after the Balearic Islands. Cyprus saw a 143,1 percent rise in bookings year-on-year, followed by Morocco (103,4 percent) and Croatia (26.8 percent). Egypt also doubled bookings, according to the January-February 2017 figures.

Spain slightly dropped but retained the first place with the Canary Islands and the Balearics being top choices.

Turkey experienced a 45 percent drop, due to the political tension with Germany and the recent terrorist attacks, GfK noted in the report.

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