29/12/2013

Greece Scored 4th place in 2013 for Touristic Incomes

This year Greece took fourth place worldwide regarding the increase of incomes during the first nine months of 2013. Moreover, Greece is among the elite of 25 countries with the most revenues in 2013. A survey by the World Tourism Organization (WTO) shows that international tourist influx has improved by 5 percent from January to September 2013.
In the meantime, the arrivals have been increased by 41 million compared to the same period last year. The total number of tourists around the world reached 845 million, which is an all-time record.

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Europe turned to be the most visited area by tourists and increased by 6 percent, while central and Eastern Europe reached over 7 percent. The WCO maintains that this increase significantly exceeded the initial estimates for 2013. Asia and the Pacific continue to move too robustly, recording an increase of 6 percent, which is improved by the increase of 12 percent in Southeast Asia. Africa received a boost of 5 percent, fueled by a recovery in North Africa, while international influx in the Middle East remained almost steady to +0.3 percent.
The encouraging trend in international tourist arrivals is also reflected in tourism receipts. The Russian Federation led global growth, expenditure on travel abroad of Russian tourists to reach up to 29 percent during the first nine months of the year. Russia has now become the 12th largest market for outbound tourism from 2000, and the fifth since 2012, with expenditures over $43 billion.
China is the first country in numbers of outbound tourists last year, who spent $102 billion and continued in 2013 to increase touristic flows to 22 percent in nine months.

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Taleb Rifai, the Secretary General of the WCO said, “The international touristic flows continues to rise over to average expectations and to support the economic growth in both advanced and emerging economies, firmly supports the effort to create new jobs, to develop GDP and balance of payments. It is really encouraging to see strong results in many European destinations where the tourism industry is one of the driving forces of economic recovery.”

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