Greece welcomes 884% rise in tourist arrivals in April

Greek Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias said he was pleased with data from the Bank of Greece showing an 884% increase in tourist arrivals and a 1,000% increase in revenue in April compared to the same month a year ago.

Addressing the regional tourism conference this week, Kikilias was quick to point out, however, that despite the positive numbers, the full results of all efforts would be assessed at the end of the year.

Referring to the priorities for the tourist season, Kikilias said the ministry was working closely with the Ministry of Labour, the Greek Confederation of Tourism (SETE), the Hellenic Federation of Hoteliers (POX) and the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels (HCH). ) to ensure labor laws are followed. respected and the tourist product was protected.

“We are joining forces with tourism bodies and regional governors to maximize our efforts for upgrading the tourism product and increasing travel flows,” he said.

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Greek Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias.

Kikilias added that he was also cooperating with the Ministries of Civil Protection and Environment to ensure that state agencies are fully prepared to handle emergencies that may arise especially on the islands and in the destinations. popular tourist.

Speaking at the conference, the President of SETE Yannis Retsos stressed the importance for tourism stakeholders to work to safeguard all that has been achieved over the past two years and through daily inspections to ensure that fair value based pricing is practiced.

For the Future, President of POX Grigoris Tasios said 2022 would be a “good one for tourism, despite the challenges faced by the hospitality industry due to the energy crisis and inflation.”

As part of the actions aimed at diversifying the tourist offer while supporting the Greek economy, the President of HCH Alexander Vasilikos According to a recent study, 88% of hotels are stocked with Greek products.

According to central bank data released on Monday, the current account posted a deficit of 1.6 billion euros, down from 456.1 million euros year on year in April. The bank attributed the increase in the services surplus to an improvement in the travel balance. Non-resident arrivals increased by 884.3% and corresponding receipts by 1,000.5% year-on-year.

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