Ionian islands brace for double-digit tourism growth


The Ionian islands are this year expected to enjoy a double-digit percentage rise in tourism arrivals compared to last year, as the region has not been affected by the migration problem that has affected the image of other destinations.

An event held on Corfu last week heard the head of the regional authority, Spyros Galiatsatos, further stress the significance tourism has for the Ionian islands, as it contributes 50 percent of the local economy’s gross domestic product, against a nationwide average of 8 percent.

Also its contribution to employment comes to 17 percent, against 8.4 percent in the whole of Greece.