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Foreign tourist arrivals rose 8.3% September 7, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Tourism.

Foreign tourist arrivals in Greece rose by 8.3 percent in 2005 over the preceding year 2004, according to figures released Wednesday by Greece’s national statistics service (ESYE) regarding the previous year’s numbers.

According to the ESYE figures, arrivals from Europe, which account for 93 percent of the tourist market, rose by 6.5 percent in 2005, with the largest proportion (19 percent) coming from the UK, followed by Germany (15.7 percent), and Italy (7.9 percent).

A substantial increase was also recorded in arrivals from Romania (51.5 percent), Bulgaria (36.3 percent) and Russia (28.1 percent).

With respect to a breakdown of data concerning “travel means” and “point of entry”, the airports with the highest rate of traffic in 2005 were Athens’ Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (AIA), with 24.1 percent, followed by Irakleio Airport (Crete) with 12.8 percent; Rhodes with 7.8 percent and Corfu with 5.6 percent.

In a comparison with 2004, the airports with the largest increase in traffic in 2005 were Mykonos (14.8 percent) and Santorini (10.5 percent), while declines in arrivals were recorded at the airports of Kavala (25.6 percent), Rhodes (77.8 percent) and Patras (Araxos) (49.3 percent).

A 2.6-percent increase was also recorded in passenger arrivals on charter flights in 2005 as opposed to 2004.

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