TUI predicts record tourism demand for Greece this year

ATHENS (Reuters) – Holiday group TUI expects Greece to see the highest level of demand this year, its communications director Aage Duenhaupt told the Athens News Agency on Sunday.

Tourism accounts for around 20% of Greece’s gross domestic product and plays a crucial role in helping the economy emerge from a decade-long debt crisis followed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Greece is again this summer one of the most popular holiday destinations. We expect the highest level of demand ever,” Duenhaupt said.

“In total, the group is expected to bring around 3 million holidaymakers to Greece. A higher number of visitors than before the pandemic, when it was 2.8 million,” he added.

TUI said it expects to return to profitability in 2022 as countries lift movement restrictions.

Greek officials said they expect the sector to bring in 80% of the record 18 billion euros ($18.33 billion) in revenue generated in 2019, before the pandemic, based on 33 million arrivals , against 14 million foreign visitors last year. year.

They could face disruption, however, as strikes and staff shortages have forced thousands of flight cancellations across Europe.

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(Reporting Lefteris Papadimas; editing by Barbara Lewis)

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