Greece in top five most popular destinations worldwide

“Greece has turned page; we managed to be in the top five of the most popular destinations in the world,” Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura on Friday said at the conference {Re}-Branding Destinations held within the framework of Philoxenia-Hotelia in Thessaloniki.

“Tourism contributes to 20 pct of Greece’s GDP, 1.2 million direct and indirect jobs are in tourism sector and this revenue is a breath to the economy,” the minister noted.

“We overcame the obstacles of an exceptionally difficult year … and we managed to change the negative climate,” she added.

Kountoura underlined that the ministry’s strategy brought historic records for two consecutive years. “We had 26 mln tourists in 2015 and 14 bln euros revenues while the country made a strong start in 2016 and targets are expected to be surpassed.”