Record number of tourists expected this year

The number of foreign visitors to Greece is expected to reach an unprecedented 16.5 million this year, according to the head of the Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises (SETE), Andreas Andreadis, who met with Prime Minister George Papandreou on Tuesday.

Andreadis confirmed that the trend suggests a 10 to 12 percent annual increase both in arrivals and in revenues, adding that the Greek destination can hit the 20 million figure on an annual basis without any further investment in new hotel beds.

The SETE president stressed that a 50 percent reduction in Greek airport taxes would go a long way toward making Greece more competitive, given the high cost of Athens?s airport in particular.