ECONOMY

Arrivals show increase in January-June 2014 period

International travelers coming to Greece were up by 15.6 percent compared to 2013, according to a report released by the Hellenic Statistical Authority, ELSTAT, on Thursday. The report referred to a Frontier Statistical Survey conducted by The Bank of Greece in the January-June 2014 period.

According to the survey, arrivals from Europe, which account for the majority of arrivals of non-residents (85.4 percent) showed an increase of 14.6 percent in the January-June 2014 period compared to the same time the previous year. At the same time, arrivals from European Union member states pointed to an increase of 17.7 percent.

The report showed that the was an significant increase in arrivals, in absolute values, from the UK (33.8 percent), France (15.1 percent), Netherlands (32.2 percent), Romania (58 percent), Russia (13.5 percent), Cyprus (29 percent) and Bulgaria (12.8 percent). A considerable decrase in arrivals was reported in the case of Italy (-10.2 percent), Albania (-8 percent) and Denmark (-26.2 percent).

Meanwhile, percentage increases in arrivals from Asia, Africa, America and Oceania were greater than those observed in Europe.

With regard to the contribution of arrivals by country of origin, the largest number of arrivals came from Germany (11.4 percent), UK (11.1 percent), France (6.6 percent), Russia (6.1 percent) and Bulgaria (6 percent.

Arrivals from Turkey were up 5.5 percent and from the United States by 3.2 percent.