Tourism to set revenue record

Tourism revenues are set to rise to record highs from June onward, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras forecast in statements on Monday, while the Tourism Ministry’s general secretary, Anastasios Liaskos, estimated this season’s revenues would approach 12 billion euros.

Liaskos was addressing a general meeting of the confederation of tourism accommodation enterprises (SEEDDE).

If that proves true, it will be the highest since 2008, when revenues from tourism had amounted to 11.7 billion.

Speaking at the same event on Monday, Labor Minister Yiannis Vroutsis said tourism traffic this year will be so much higher than last year’s that it will create an additional 50,000 jobs.

Similarly, the head of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises, Andreas Andreadis, said tourism arrivals in Greece will exceed 17 million this year, an all-time record high.