Tourism Μinister Vassilis Kikilias on Sunday in an interview with ‘Realnews’ newspaper referred to the optimistic first messages from the tourist sector, which recorded a 20 pct increase in travel receipts in April, compared to the same month of 2019.
As the Minister of Tourism underlined, according to the data of the Bank of Greece, in April the revenues from tourism were above the levels of April 2019, marking an increase of almost 100 million euros, while in May passenger arrivals from abroad at the Greek airports recorded an increase of 3.2 pct, compared to May 2019.
“The hard teamwork that we have done in the ministry since the fall brings direct income to the Greek economy and to the average Greek family. And let’s not forget that this happens without the tourist market of China and of course Russia and Ukraine. We worked for all this early on, so that we would be ready,” Kikilias underlined.
The Minister of Tourism focused on the strategic agreements with the most important tourist markets abroad, such as the USA, as well as on the initiatives taken to extend the tourist season.
Kikilias also referred to tourism in downtown Athens, with tourists flooding the capital, which boosts not only the hotels, but also the commercial sector.