ECONOMY

Greece’s tourism arrivals fell by 5.5 percent last year

The number of international visits to Greece fell 5.5 percent last year, as political turmoil during elections in June and the economic crisis in Europe affected the country’s tourism industry.

A total of 15.5 million non-resident visitors arrived in Greece in 2012, according to a statement from the Hellenic Statistical Authority on Tuesday.

European visitors, 89.3 percent of the total, also dropped 5.5 percent to 13.9 million from 14.7 million last year.

Arrivals from Germany, which accounted for 13.6 percent of the total, dropped almost 6 percent, while visitors from the UK, 12.4 percent of the total, rose 9.3 percent, data from the statistics service showed.

The figures are based on a sample taken at border entry points by the Bank of Greece.

[Bloomberg]