“With hard work and in a very difficult year with a war in the heart of Europe, an energy crisis and inflation, Athens made a strong comeback in tourism”, said Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias in the “Summer Together” program of Antenna TV, declaring that revenues from tourism will be over 18.2 billion in 2019.
Mr. Kikilias spoke with entrepreneurs and catering workers in the historic center of the capital who expressed their satisfaction with the large increase in turnover from the strong tourist stream and at the same time sent a message of optimism that the season will last until the end of 2022.
“We are in the heart of the commercial life of Athens and the income from tourism supports the workers in tourism, the Greek business, from the cafe, the restaurant, the mini market, even the bakery” noted Mr. Kikilias underlining that “we expanded the tourist season as it started earlier than ever and we are working to end it by the end of the year”.
In the same context, he said that based on AirDNA’s research, the demand for AirBnb based on the bookings made for the months of July, August and September recorded an increase of 26.5% compared to the corresponding period of 2019, while as he pointed out “it will we have about 5 thousand cruise approaches in Greece this year.
Finally, he announced a series of trips starting, before the TIF, from Germany and then to Austria, France, Sweden, England” with the aim, as he said, “to attract the northern Europeans in order to further extend the season, to generate new income and at the same time the themselves to spend in our country a Mediterranean, sweet winter, nicer and more economical”.
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