French Tourist Arrivals in Greece Have Increased by 23% This Year Compared to 2019

Tourist arrivals from France to Greece have so far this year increased by 23 per cent compared to the same period in 2019.

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“The messages we receive regarding the extension of the tourist season are promising our efforts to continue to bear fruit,” the Minister of Tourism Vassilis Kikilias pointed out in this regard, reports.

Market actors also told Minister Kikilias that the success of this summer for Greek tourism gives a boost for the coming months and contributes decisively to the extension of the tourist season in this country.

Through a meeting held with Air France executives, the company’s European director, Frédéric Descours, and Marketing Director, Frédéric Ribes, revealed that in 2022 there was a 50 per cent increase in seat availability compared to 2019.

At the same time, Transavia CEO Nathalie Stubler and General D Nicolas Henin indicated that seat availability had increased by 60 per cent compared to the period of 2019 and also expressed their belief that a further increase of ten per cent would take place in 2023.

“For their part, the tour operators (SELECTOUR, Voyage Privé, etc.) informed Mr Kikilia that they have sold all their packages for September and October, there is interest for the following months, and 2023 will be a year of consolidation,” the statement issued by the Ministry of Tourism reads.

As the Minister of Tourism explains, the good image of Greek tourism results from the excellent performance of the summer season that listed Greece among the best destinations in Europe and beyond.

In addition, he emphasized that Greece was the second most popular destination for French women this year.

Minister Kikilias has recently revealed that during August, passenger traffic at the 14 regional airports of Greece has increased, marking an increase of 9.4 per cent compared to the same month of 2019 in domestic and international flights.

The data provided by EU statistical office Eurostat for Greek airports in August also show that there has been a five per cent increase in commercial flights compared to August 2019.

According to Kikilias, looking at the Eurostat data, it can be seen that from the reservations and ticket purchases for the months of September and October, the tourist flow is not only continuing but also strengthening.

Moreover, he said that after the recent announcements by the Prime Minister, who spoke about the further support of the tourist product through the new EOT co-advertising program in cooperation with tour operators and airlines, the tourist flow would be strengthened even more.