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27M Tourists Chose Greek Vacation in 2017

Over 27 million tourists visited Greece in 2017, according to Bank of Greece (BoG) figures.

Tourist traffic increased by 9.7 percent, reaching 27.194 million visitors against 24.799 million visitors in 2016.

Specifically, visitor flows through airports increased by 9.9 percent, while visitor flows through road border-crossing points increased by 8.7 percent.

In 2017, travel receipts rose by 10.5 percent, compared with the previous year, to €14.59  ($17.86 million) million euros. This development is attributed to increases in receipts from within the EU28 by 13.8 percent to €9,843 million and in receipts from outside the EU28 by 5.6% to €4,327 million.

In particular, receipts from euro area residents rose by 20.6 percent to €6,270 million, while receipts from residents of non-euro area EU28 countries also increased by 3.6 percent to €3,573 million.

Specifically, receipts from France rose by 17.3 percent to €992 million, as did receipts from Germany, by 31.5 percent to €2.5 million. Receipts from the United Kingdom also increased, by 11.6 percent to €2,061 million.

Turning to non-EU28 countries, receipts from Russia decreased by 3.6 percent to €418 million, whereas receipts from the United States rose by 4.4 percent to €803 million.