ECONOMY

Arrivals up by almost 10 percent

International arrivals rose 9.5 percent on an annual basis in the first six months of the year, according to the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE), bringing the total to 4.2 million.

Excluding the 3 percent drop at Athens International Airport, terminals outside the capital registered a record rise of 15.9 percent, led by Rhodes (up 33.2 percent) and Kos (31.1 percent).

SETE argues that the rise is a result of the unrest in North Africa, the tension between Israel and Turkey, the reduction in value-added tax in accommodation prices and the improvement in the visa system in Russia.