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Greek 2016 Tourism

Good Messages for Greek 2016 Tourism

2016 has started with good omens for Greek Tourism as all indications so far suggest an increase both in tourist arrivals and in bookings. This positive trend is supported by data released a few days ago by the Bank of Greece (BoG) according to which in the first nine months of 2015 (January-September) the number of arrivals in the country reached 22.6 mil., showing an increase of 9.1% compared to the same period in 2014. Similarly, overnight stays increased by 2.3% (more than 170 million) compared to the same ones in 2014, while revenues reached 12.788 billion euros, showing an increase of 6.6% over the previous year.

WCO Secretary-General about Greek 2016 Tourism

Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization
(WCO) Taleb Rifai expressed optimism on the prospects of the positive course of Greek tourism in 2016. Interviewed with the Vima, he mentions that: “Greece has shown excellent results in international tourist arrivals in the last three years, [...] while the figures for 2015 show that the country has the potential to strengthen these results with an additional double-digit difference. [...] The country has proved to be mature enough to become a reference point in relation to the world tourism.”

Greek 2016 Tourism in The New York Times

There have already been numerous reports in the international press recommending Greece as an ideal holiday destination for 2016. The New York Times names Thessaloniki among the 52 preferable destinations around the world that are worth visiting in 2016. Under the heading “Greece's second-largest city is first in food” the leading US newspaper says that in Thessaloniki: “The young professionals of this northern Greek city have faced the country's high levels of unemployment in an unusual way: They opened restaurants that put a modern twist on traditional Greek, Slavic and Ottoman flavours.”

Greek 2016 Tourism in The Telegraph

Along the same lines, the British newspaper, The Telegraph, has included three Greek hotels, one on the island of Crete (Lasithi), the second on the island of Rhodes (Lindos) and the third on the island of Corfu (Ag. Stefanos) among the best of the Mediterranean for 2016. In another article of the same newspaper the Roman Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens and the ancient theater of Delphi are classified among the 10 most beautiful theaters in Europe. With regard to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, where in the summer months the Athens Festival stages performances, the author of this article states: “Think of the Acropolis and you think of the Parthenon, but on the rock are two significant theatres, the Roman Odeon of Herodes Atticus (161 AD) and the much older Theatre of Dionysus. If you have a day in Athens, make sure you include the theatres [...].” Regarding the theater of Delphi, the author goes on to note that: “Above the Temple of Apollo at this impressive ancient site is a well-preserved 2,400-year-old Greek theatre carved into the side of Mount Parnassos. [...] The views from the theatre across Delphi are spectacular. [...]."

Greek 2016 Tourism in The Mirror

Finally, the British newspaper The Mirror has included the city of Kalamata and the wider region of Messinia (Peloponnese) among the ten most "hot" destinations for 2016. The article goes as follows: “Laid-back Kalamata, which lies in the far south of mainland Greece, is known for long beaches, olives and honey. And with the news British Airways will be launching direct flights to the ancient Peloponnese city in April, it looks set to attract a lot more Brits. The clear warm water is popular with sunbathers and swimmers, and has a raft of water sports. There is also a wide choice of bars, restaurants and shops lining the busy marina, and plenty of history for culture vultures.”

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