ECONOMY

Museums, sites attract more visitors

Greek museums and archaeological sites are attracting more visitors according to figures released by the Greek statistical authority, ELSTAT, on Wednesday.

According to the ELSTAT survey Greek museums saw a 12.3 percent increase in visitors and a 9.9 percent increase in their receipts in May, compared to the same month last year. Archaeological sites also saw their visitors increase by 25.5 percent accompanied by a 13.9 percent increase in the respective receipts, compared to May 2012.

The ELSTAT report noted that during the first five months of 2013 there was a 17 percent increase in the number of visitors to museums and a 8.1 percent increase in receipts, compared to the same period last year. Visitors to archaeological sites during the first five months of 2013 were up 30.8 percent, with receipts up by 20.8 percent, compared to the same period last year.

The survey noted that visitors to local museums reached 351,332 people in May, compared to 312,715 people in May last year, while 937,184 people visited archaeological sites compared to 746,613 last year.