Greece nears the top ten in World Tourism Organisation’s standings
Greece moved up three places to 14th on the World Tourism Organisation’s (UNWTO) list for 2016 in what is seen as yet further evidence that the sector is both robust and crucial to the economy. The Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE) responded to the statistic with the aim of ‘being in the top 10’ in the near future.
The recovery is clear in the statistics and show that the slump in tourism early on during the debt crisis appears to be all but over given the year on year increase in numbers. In 2012, there were 15.m visitors recorded, but by 2016, it had risen to 24.8m, which is the biggest increase of any country in the same period. Mexico came second in that specific category with a 49.5% increase in arrivals between 2012-2016 and Thailand followed in third place with a 45.5% increase.
It is possible that Greece’s progress may have come at the expense of Turkey’s slump in tourism because of events there in recent years such as the failed military coup. The country’s arrivals dropped by some 12m between 2012-2016.