Greece: Tourist arrivals in Sep. 2021 equal to 75 pct of 2019’s figures

Tourism arrivals in Greece in September 2021 amounted to 75 pct of those reached in the same month in 2019, said Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias told SKAI radio on Friday.

Some 8.6 mln tourists arrived in Greece between January-August 2021, compared to 4.8 mln in the same time in 2020, he added, translating to a 79.2 pct increase.

In August 2021 alone 4 mln tourists came to Greece, which is 125.5 pct up from the same month last year, while in September 2021 some 2.352.788 tourists visited the country – up 110 pct from September 2020.

“We hit our target for 2021,” noted Kikilias, “to reach 50 pct of 2019’s tourism turnover.”

“This is the result of a gigantic effort by the government,” he added, “and the successful rebranding of Greece in relation to new health protocols, and the way we managed the coronavirus pandemic, which inspired safety to visitors.”