Local airports saw 1 million fewer arrivals

By Stathis Kousounis

Domestic and international tourism arrivals at the country’s airports declined by about 1 million last year, reflecting the crisis that Greek tourism suffered in 2012, according to Civil Aviation Authority data that Kathimerini is able to reveal today.

Arrivals from abroad fell by 4.1 percent, amounting to 13.2 million, while arrivals from within Greece contracted 7 percent year-on-year to 5.2 million.

An increase was recorded in arrivals from Great Britain, Russia and Turkey, while the number of those coming from Germany, France and Italy posted a drop.

Travel receipts in the first 11 months of 2012 went down by 474 million euros from the same period in 2011, according to figures released on Friday by the Bank of Greece. Receipts from tourism in general in the January-November 2012 period added up to 9.9 billion euros, recording a 4.6 percent annual drop.

Most forecasts for 2013 predict a record number of arrivals from abroad. As far as domestic tourism is concerned, however, the declining course is expected to continue owing to the ongoing financial crisis.