The secretary normal of the Greek Nationwide Tourism Group (GNTO), Dimitris Tryfonopoulos, not too long ago expressed confidence that Greece will obtain a brand new file in tourism this 12 months, following a record-breaking 2015.
“Final 12 months we achieved a historic file with 26 million vacationers, whole income of 14 billion euros and progress of seven p.c, nicely above world tourism figures”, he stated throughout the 1st Worldwide Blue Flags Awards ceremony held in Halkidiki final week.
“We now have optimistic indicators for a brand new excessive efficiency this 12 months. The optimistic signal is already obvious based on the extent of air arrivals”, Mr Tryfonopoulos stated, including that he believes that the anticipated stability (following the optimistic end result of the Greek program analysis course of) will likely be an necessary issue to have fun a brand new file this 12 months.
Then again, the president of the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE), Andreas Andreadis, appeared much less optimistic, underlining that Greece had a troublesome 12 months. “Issues might not be good, however they aren’t catastrophic”, he stated.
In keeping with Mr Andreadis, the optimistic end result of the analysis course of has actually introduced optimism that final minute bookings will assist Greece, at a time when locations that historically entice tourism, this 12 months have issues.
“Air arrivals in Greece elevated by 6.5 p.c throughout the first 4 months of the 12 months”, SETE’s president stated declaring that street arrivals dropped by 11 p.c with indicators of restoration in April.
Mr Andreadis stated that the sum of the 2 offers barely destructive figures.
“Proper now we’re on the sting and have a two-speed tourism: Mykonos and Santorini with very optimistic indicators and one other Greece dealing with a home tourism collapse and with companies working with issues primarily on account of taxation”, he stated.
Concluding his speech, SETE’s president expressed hope that Greek tourism would finally see a optimistic signal this 12 months.