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Greece’s Olympic Legacy May 19, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Tourism.
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Greece hopes to boost one of its main industries by earmarking land for golf courses, holiday homes and conference centres in a bid to lure richer tourists.

Greece has yet to tap into year-round sports or religious tourism, which would attract even more and better-spending visitors to the country, long seen mainly as a beach destination.

This year it expects more than 15 million visitors, the third consecutive season to see a rise. The number of tourists has increased by about 17 per cent since Athens hosted the Olympic Games in 2004. A main pillar of the economy, tourism accounts for about 18 per cent of GDP and roughly one in five jobs.

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