More than 80% less tourist arrivals this year in Greece
- 22 August, 2020
Of the 34 million arrivals that Greek Tourism "counted" last year, it is believed that this year it will be difficult to save 20% of travel traffic from abroad
The first data of the Bank of Greece for the first half of the year show the size of the losses. Incoming travel traffic decreased by 76.9%, reaching only 2.2 million travelers, compared to 9.4 million travelers in the corresponding period of 2019. In particular, according to the BoG, travel traffic through airports decreased by 84.6%, while that through road stations by 55.4%.
The picture from the main markets for Greek Tourism is similar. Traffic from Germany fell by 89.1% to 148 thousand passengers, while that from France decreased by 93.4% to 35 thousand passengers. Regarding non-EU-27 countries, travel traffic from the United Kingdom decreased by 89.4% to 117 thousand arrivals.
In terms of revenues, travel receipts in the first half of the year decreased by 87.5% compared to the corresponding period of 2019 and amounted to 678 million euros. In June, revenue was only 64 million euros, down from 2.56 billion euros last year.
It is recalled that travel receipts in 2019 amounted to 18.2 billion euros, showing an increase of 13% compared to 2018. The increase in travel receipts in 2019 compared to 2018 was a result of the increase in average travel expenses by 48 euros or 9.9% (2019: 535 euros, 2018: 486 euros), as well as the increase of the incoming traffic of non-resident travelers by 2.8%.August closes with "lockdown"
The last week of August finds two of the most popular tourist destinations, Mykonos and Halkidiki, in "local lockdown regime", due to the high epidemiological load that is recorded. A decision to reduce the dispersion that had been observed by the non-observance of the protection rules, but which already has implications for the already burdened situation of the protective measures.
According to the president of the Panhellenic Hoteliers Federation, Grigoris Tassios, who is active in Halkidiki, "the seasonality ends anyway with 35 - 40% average occupancy for July and August. "Conferences that should make up the big cities today do not even reach 10%."It is difficult to survive until next season
As the season is long gone, the anxiety of the tourism market and those employed in the industry is focused on business support measures until March 2021, when the effort to stimulate the flow of travel will begin again. The Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises, in a letter to the Government states that the revenues will not exceed 3.5 billion euros by the end of the year and asks for the subsidy of insurance contributions, the extension of the measure of suspension of employment contracts and against them October and November, the extension of the SYN-WORK program until 31-3-2021, the coverage of leave and Christmas gift of employees in seasonal companies whose contracts are suspended and a change in the insurance coverage of those employees who are employed by tele-work.
From: https://flashnews.gr/post/435036/panw-a ... -toyristwn