Greece attracts Austrians, Germans and Swedes for winter tourism

ATHENS – What is expected to be a record tourism year in Greece in 2022 despite the decline of the COVID-19 pandemic will extend into winter and become a year-round attraction, with Austrians, Germans and Swedes particularly keen to come reverse.

Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias said Greece was reaping the benefits of offering year-round attractions and attracting retirees from northern Europe keen to escape a harsh winter and likely water shortages. ‘energy.

He said Austrians were even more interested in Greece beyond the summer and this could see an increase in arrivals due to increased air links between the countries, SchengenVisaInfo.com said.

During a visit to Austria, Kikilias met with that country’s Minister of Tourism, Susanne Kraus Winkler, as Austria and Vienna are particularly attractive to Greeks looking to experience winter attractions in cold weather.

Minister Kikilias, on an official visit to Austria, together with his counterpart, Susanne Kikilias, said that organized tour arrivals have increased this year by 15% compared to the record year of 2019, which could be exceeded this year.

“It is telling that Austrian arrivals to Crete are over 50% and to Rhodes over 20% compared to 2019…there is also great interest from the Austrian side to meet new Greek destinations,” he said. declared.

He said this year’s success in Greece so far, which has attracted worldwide attention and endless cavalcades of arrivals, has created a “powerful magnet” for Austrians and other markets.

He and Winkler signed an agreement to strengthen the two countries’ cooperation in the field of tourism, including topics such as sports, agriculture and well-being and Greece trying to bring in more Austrians.

The major German players in the travel market also see Greece continuing to attract even during autumn and winter with offers other than beaches, sun, sand and islands.

Kikilias, held a series of meetings with airline chiefs as well as tour operators in Germany in an effort to keep the flow going through the winter, the site also said in its report.

He met with leaders of Lufthansa Group, Eurowings, Condor and Der Touristic, noting that Greece had surpassed other countries in attracting tourists after essentially lifting pandemic health measures.

He said Greece was the only EU country to guarantee travel packages until the end of the year and to attract interest from airlines to extend winter flights across the country, not only in big cities.

He noted that during this summer, Lufthansa Group airlines offered more than 14,000 flights to Greece and Greek Travel Pages (GTP) reported that in a meeting with leaders and government officials from Lufthansa and Eurowings, he had highlighted what Greece had to offer German visitors.

GTO also reported that the Swedes will be coming during the winter, which gives them a respite from the long dark and cold days there and that the Greek Ministry of Tourism has another slogan for them: More Than The Eye Can See.

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