ITEP: Greece May See Increase in Tourist Arrivals this Year, but Not in All Destinations

The president of the Hellenic Chamber of Lodges, Yiorgos Tsakiris, talking to journalists throughout the presentation of ITEP’s research on developments within the Greek lodge trade. Photograph: GTP

Greece may even see a rise in worldwide vacationer arrivals this yr, although with combined outcomes throughout particular person locations, in keeping with the annual research of the Institute for Tourism Analysis and Forecasts (ITEP) that was offered to journalists on the places of work of the Hellenic Chamber of Lodges in Athens on Wednesday.


In response to the research, which centered on the developments in world and Greek tourism and within the Greek lodge trade in 2015, inbound tourism this yr is predicted to keep up the momentum and even current a rise in arrivals to the extent of 25 to 27 million.

Nevertheless, because the research underlined, the rise is not going to be equal throughout particular person locations in Greece, as there may be the “intense drawback” of refugees and migrants which have arrived within the nation.

The research reported that it’s “fairly attainable” for the islands of the North Aegean to see a decline in vacationer numbers this yr.

“Nevertheless, from 2015, a slowdown within the progress of each vacationer arrivals and receipts has began to floor. This, mixed with the migration/refugee drawback could be very prone to decelerate additional improvement of Greek tourism”, the research famous.

Furthermore, ITEP’s research make clear the main blow home tourism obtained as a result of financial disaster throughout the 2008-2014 interval. As a result of disaster, journey of the Greeks in their very own nation declined by 45 p.c and to locations overseas dropped by some 52 p.c.

In response to the research, the most well-liked home journey vacation spot for the Greeks is Central Macedonia, which obtained 15.9 p.c of in a single day stays of Greek vacationers in 2014 (2013: 15.3 p.c, 2008: 16.5 p.c). The second home vacation spot of selection of the Greeks is the Peloponnese, which makes up for some 10 p.c of in a single day stays in accommodations.

In the course of the presentation of ITEP’s research, the president of the Hellenic Chamber of Lodges, Yiorgos Tsakiris, was requested to touch upon the latest closure of the Athens Ledra Resort.

“It’s closure is a big blow to the tourism product of Athens”, Mr Tsakiris mentioned, including that the Athens Ledra was not the primary lodge to close its doorways in recent times within the Greek capital.

In response to the chamber’s president, a complete of 73 accommodations in Athens have ceased operations since 2011.

“However the Ledra is taken into account one of the emblematic accommodations of vacation spot Athens  and because of this, this improvement saddens the lodge trade.”