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Tourist spending rate declines by 20 percent

Average daily spending per tourist in Greece this year has declined by a considerable 20.7 percent, compared with last year, data by the Institute for Tourist Research and Forecasts showed yesterday. Visitors to this country spend an average 62.30 euros per day, down from the 78.50 euros they spent in 2008. Data also indicate that visitors to Greece are generally of a younger age and of the medium to lower social and economic strata. Tourists from the USA spend the most per person per trip, at 2,632 euros, with those coming from the European Union spending, for example, an average of 1,584 euros, for Belgians, and 1,079 euros for the Dutch. More than half of the 2,030 tourists responding to the survey said the global crisis has affected their spending habits.

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