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Greece among the world’s top 15 travel destinations

DUBLIN – Greece consistently ranks among the top 15 destinations in the world, attracting some 14 million international travelers annually, Research and Markets said in their latest report, «Travel & Tourism International 2005 – Profile of Greece,» which they have added to their service. The report says that while the Greek travel industry is increasingly facing stiff competition from other sun, sea and sand destinations in the region, especially Turkey, Athens has become a hot new destination (especially for city breaks), largely because of its greatly improved infrastructure, the upgrade of hotels and the expansion of the metro. The majority of Greeks holiday within their own country. In 2002, almost 4 million Greeks took a holiday at home and 400,000 or so went abroad.