ECONOMY

Tourism flow is on the ascent between Greece and Turkey

Greeks are increasingly opting for Turkey as a holiday destination, as arrivals from this country posted a yearly increase of 8.2 percent in the January-October period, according to the Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry. The number of travelers from Greece to Turkey in the first 10 months of 2010 came to 570,237, up from 527,044 last year and 491,569 in 2008. The increase last year from 2008 stood at 7.2 percent. This year’s growth exceeds that of the total increase of arrivals in Turkey, which came to 6.2 percent. In October alone, arrivals from Greece rose by 22.7 percent compared with the same month last year, climbing to 74,312, against a total increase of 8.5 percent in Turkey’s total arrivals figure. Reverse traffic has also increased, as in the first six months of the year there were 45.7 percent more arrivals from Turkey to Greece than in the first half of 2009.