Survey reveals tourist spending keeps retail afloat

Tourism has kept retail and catering companies afloat in Athens as well as in the port city of Piraeus in a period during which Greek consumers have dramatically cut down on spending.

A recent survey by the National Confederation of Greek Commerce (ESEE) has shown that tourists spend an average of 64.10 euros per day, with cruise tourists in particular spending 67.20 euros even though they tend not to stay away from their cruise for more than an average of six-and-a-half hours per day.

The survey also found that 39.1 percent of cruise passengers visiting Greece have a personal annual income of between 30,000 and 70,000 euros.