The target of 50% in tourism revenue this year will be exceeded compared to 2019, as the Minister of Tourism Vassilis Kikilias emphasizes in an interview with “Kathimerini”. “This year has been a positive surprise for us: With an initial, but also ambitious as we estimated, goal of 50% of 2019, everything shows that we will overcome it” the Minister of Tourism states and adds; “The arrivals of visitors from abroad increased by 240.2% compared to the same month of 2020”.
Mr. Kikilias focuses on the improvement of quality indicators in relation to the one-dimensional view of millions of arrivals: “This year the average cost expenditure of foreign visitors increased by more than 20% and each visitor spends more than 600 euros”. At the same time, a special report is made to reduce seasonality, with the minister focusing on actions to extend the tourist season. “In our contacts with US agents, we have ensured that flights to Greece will remain active until at least the end of this season. At the same time, in our discussion with the CEO of Jet2, a leading tour operator for the UK market, we agreed to open flights to Greek destinations in early spring and for the first time to include Athens. And we will continue in this direction with all the strategic partners, old and new “, says Mr. Kikilias.