On Sunday, German tourism giant TUI stated that it expects a record-breaking number of tourists to visit Greece this year.
Aage Dünhaupt, TUI’s director of Communications, stated to AMNA on Sunday that interest in visiting Greece has skyrocketed this year.
In fact, the country’s summertime visitors this year may even top pre-pandemic numbers.
“Greece is again this summer one of the most popular holiday destinations,” Dünhaupt stated. “We expect the highest level of demand ever…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.”
Tourism in Greece recovering after pandemic
The pandemic hit Greece’s tourism sector, one of the biggest parts of the country’s economy, hard, and this year’s tourist season may be an essential part in the country’s economic recovery after the pandemic.
Tourism makes up 20 percent of the Greek GDP and employs countless Greeks. According to experts, this year’s tourist season will likely bring in about 80 percent of the 18 billion euros ($18.33 billion) that were made in 2019, before the pandemic.
A total of 33 million arrivals are expected this summer compared to the 14 million from last year.
According to the data of the Bank of Greece in April, revenues from tourism were above the levels of April 2019, marking an increase of almost 100 million euros while in May, passenger arrivals from abroad at Greek airports recorded an increase of 3.2 percent compared to May 2019.
A recent report by ForwardKeys conducted for World Travel Market, reveals that six Greek tourist destinations are in the top ten in travel bookings in Europe for the third quarter of 2022, i.e. in the months of July, August, and September.
According to the report, Mykonos and Rhodes recorded an increase of 29 percent compared to the same period in 2019 while Chania had an increase of 26 percent, and Heraklion experienced an increase of 23 percent. Arrivals to Santorini increased by 20 percent while the increase in Thessaloniki amounted to 17 percent.