Tourist arrivals exceeded 3.5 million in Jan-May

The number of foreign visitors in the country was up 17 pct in January-May this year, exceeding 3.5 million, while tourism revenues jumped 10.6 pct compared with the same period in 2013, the Bank of Greece (BoG) said on Tuesday.
Tourist arrivals from the EU 28 reached 2.069 million, up 18.7 pct compared with the same period last year.
Arrivals from third countries increased 14.7 pct to 1.497 million, while arrivals from eurozone countries increased 12.6 pct and arrivals from other EU countries increased 28.2 pct.
Tourist arrivals from Germany dropped 5.8 pct, while arrivals from France and the UK increased 13.9 pct and 25.5 pct respectively.
Arrivals from Russia increased 39 pct at 146,000 and arrivals from the United States rose 33.4 pct at 124,000.
Tourism revenues from EU member-states increased 14.5 pct at 1.1 billion euros, while revenues from countries other than the EU28 rose to 738 million euros, recording an increase of 5.1 pct compared with the same period in 2013.
The Greek travel balance recorded a surplus of 1.13 billion euros increased 6.7 pct compared with the same period last year.