63% of Greek housing and hotels were occupied in September, according to the minister


The occupancy rate of accommodation and hotels in Greece reached 63% from September 12 to 19, figures released by the country’s Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias revealed.

The ministry also announced that from November; German airline Condor will offer its services by operating flights to Crete, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.

In addition, the minister pointed out that France’s top country of choice for holidays in July was the Hellenic Republic, with an 88% increase in travelers compared to 2019 figures.

“For the first time in the history of the French Republic, Greece in July, according to data from EOT France, became the first destination country even above France’s domestic tourism”, we read in the statement issued by the Greek Ministry of Tourism.

In addition, the ministry revealed that Britain’s largest tour operator, Jet2, also plans to operate flights to Greece from next April.

“The British aspire to bring the tourist season earlier. However, most tourist accommodation and especially high standard ones in all our islands and in tourist destinations are crowded, and there will be some in October and in Crete and in November ”, the statement reads.

Recently, Greece unveiled plans to launch two campaigns to promote tourism in the country during the winter and spring season.

The country’s tourism minister, Vassilis Kikilias, pointed out that such campaigns were created by the country’s tourism ministry in cooperation with the Greek National Organization.

The Minister of Tourism stressed that the first campaign will be introduced in November, December and January, while the second will be launched in early spring.

Kikilia previously pointed out that the tourism industry in Greece is expected to reach a total of 12 billion euros in revenue by 2021, as tourism during peak tourist season has been successful.

In July, a report published by the European statistics provider EUROSTAT showed that the number of overnight stays by EU tourists in establishments fell by 61%, for a period from April 2020 to March. 2021.

The same report pointed out that during the same period, tourism in the Hellenic Republic had decreased by 74%.

However, Greece is among the European countries which have continuously tried to revive the tourism sector which has been deeply affected by the spread of the coronavirus.

In this regard, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) commended the Greek government for its attempts as well as for the strategic measures taken to help this sector recover from the damage caused by the COVID-19 situation.

Greece opened its doors to all vaccinated travelers from other countries on May 14.

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