ECONOMY

Visitors to Greek museums and archaeological sites rise substantially in April

The number of visitors to Greece’s museums was up 19.1 percent in April 2013, with revenues 2 percent higher compared to a year earlier, according to the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT).

In the first four months of the year, the respective figures were 19 percent and 6.9 percent. Archaeological sites in April attracted 32.7 percent more visitors and revenues were 18.2 percent higher. In the four months to April the respective figures were 35.4 percent and 29.4 percent.

After an initial slow start to the season, Greece is bracing for a record year in the number of foreign visitors, which is projected at more than 17 million.

Museums and archaeological sites were hit by strikes and go-slow action by temporary staff last year.