More than 30 Million Travellers Came to Greece in 2018, Central Bank Reports
Friday, 22 February 2019
The number of people that travelled to Greece in 2018 rose to 30.12 million, reflecting a 10.8 pct increase in inbound traveller flows, up from 27.194 million in 2017, according to figures published on Thursday by the Bank of Greece (BoG).
Similarly, travel receipts presented an increase of 10.1 pct compared to 2017, rising to 16.113 billion euros. According to the BoG report, this is due to a 11.9 pct increase in travel receipts originating from the European Union, which came to 11.034 billion euros for 2018; and an increase, by 7.3 pct, in travel receipts from non-EU residents, which came to 4.662 billion euros.
Regarding the tourists' countries of origin, the the central bank figures showed that 21.398 million travellers came from the EU28, or 15.1 pct more than in 2017; while 8.725 million travellers to Greece were from non-EU countries, increasing marginally by 1.3 pct in comparison with 2017.
Visitors from the euro area rose by 15.9 pct compared with 2017, and by 14.2 pct from EU countries not in the euro area.