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More Germans booking holidays in Greece, tourism chief says

Vacation bookings for Greece among Germans have increased by 12.8 percent compared to last year, according to data presented by the country’s tourism chief Andreas Andreadis in Berlin on Tuesday.

The data was presented during a joint press conference by Marketing Greece and the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE) ahead of the 49th International Tourism Bourse (ITB Berlin) which opens Wednesday in the German capital.

The news came in the wake of reports of a slowdown in overall bookings in January, which rose by a 3 percent rate.

The Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises expects 1 million more arrivals this year, bringing the total to 25 million, while TUI, one of the world’s biggest travel companies, with extensive operations in Germany and the UK, has reported strong growth in bookings.