Greece’s tourism income dropped 11.9 p.c through the first six months of the 12 months and 15.7 p.c in June, in keeping with knowledge from the Financial institution of Greece.
In the course of the January-June interval tourism income fell to 2.7 billion euros towards 3.1 billion euros in 2009.
“June was the worst month of this summer season season,” George Drakopoulos, common supervisor of the Affiliation of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) advised Reuters information company.
“We paid for the Might protests, the deaths and the unhealthy publicity that adopted this violence,” he harassed.
With reference to arrivals to Greece for the primary six months of the 12 months, Deputy Tradition and Tourism Minister Yiorgos Nikitiadis mentioned that 19 Greek airports noticed “a mere 2.3 p.c decline in arrivals.
“Though it’s a decline we’re happy since forecasts had referred to a 15-20 p.c drop in arrivals,” Mr. Nikitiadis mentioned.
“If we’re near final 12 months’s ranges then we’ve got exceeded our targets,” he added.
For the primary seven months of 2010, the deputy minister advised the press that arrivals to Greece dropped 1.2 p.c. (Vacationer arrivals elevated in July from a six p.c drop in Might because of the violent demonstrations in Athens.)
Mr. Nikitiadis mentioned he was optimistic, as “the destructive signal on tourism will likely be changed by a constructive one.
“Reservations have elevated for the months of August and September in comparison with the corresponding interval final 12 months,” he mentioned.
Arrival figures at Greek airports for the month of July had been deemed passable regardless of flight disruptions and gasoline shortages on account of strikes that occurred that month.
Rodos and Kos noticed an 11.4 p.c and an 11.2 p.c enhance in arrivals respectively whereas Kerkyra noticed guests rise by 5 p.c.
Then again, Crete noticed a decline as Heraklio and Chania noticed arrivals drop by 1.6 p.c and a pair of.3 p.c respectively.
Regarding the drop in Crete, Mr. Nikitiadis underlined that vacationers traveled extra by sea than by air on account of ship ticket worth reductions.
As for Athens and Thessaloniki, arrivals fell by 5.2 p.c and 4.2 p.c respectively.
The Hellenic Federation of Hoteliers mentioned that tourism goes via a second very tough 12 months.
“Final 12 months the issue was world whereas this 12 months the issue is Greek,” the federation’s president, Andreas Andreadis, mentioned to the press final month.
In accordance with the federation’s president, final 12 months Greece noticed a decline of some 12 p.c of income in comparison with 2008, which positioned the nation on the common of the Eurozone nations.
“This 12 months, whereas all different nations are on a extra constructive degree, Greece has introduced a lower of seven to 9 p.c in tourism income,” he mentioned.
Mr. Andreadis underlined that in actuality the discount in income is over 10 p.c.
“Greek lodges are displaying even a larger decline in income, that of some 12 p.c, which can be attributed to the VAT enhance,” he harassed.
(In March, the Greek authorities elevated the usual VAT fee from 19 to 21 p.c and the decreased 9 p.c fee -charged to sure companies together with eating places and hotels- elevated to 11 p.c. The usual VAT fee elevated once more on 1 July to 23 p.c.)
The federation’s president added that Greek hoteliers have been paying for the federal government’s lack of tourism technique for a few years.
In October 2009 the ministries of tradition and tourism improvement grew to become a single Ministry of Tradition and Tourism. Tourism professionals nonetheless categorical doubts regarding the effectiveness of such a merge.