Tourist arrivals in Greece rose 6.33 percent in the first half of 2006,
compared with the same period last year, figures released by the Federation of
Tourism Enterprises (SETE) said on Tuesday. SETE said the number of foreign visitors to Greece would exceed the record
number of 2001 if growth rates continued at the same pace throughout the
remaining half of the year.
The report was based on tourist arrivals in 12 Greek airports, accounting for
more than 90 percent of total air flights and more than 75 percent of tourist
arrivals in the country.
SETE said this positive development should lead to complacency and urged for
further measures to improve quality in tourism services and to improve Greek
tourism competitiveness. The Federation also urged the country’s Tourism
ministry to intensify efforts in collecting and processing statistical figures
in the tourism sector.