Greece Has Good Prospects to Attract More Tourists

The Greek island of Rhodes. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Magdalini Manta)

“Greece has good prospects to attract more tourists,” the head of the Hellenic Tourism Organisation of the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, Eleni Skarveli, said on Monday in an interview with the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA).

She underlined that tourists from the Netherlands recorded a decade high in 2018. Given that 30 pct of tourists are repeaters, special focus is given to destinations not so well known to the Dutch, where they will have an opportunity for new experiences from the large variety offered by Greece, she added.

Greece is an attractive destination for the Dutch, who arrived in record numbers (924,434 visitors) in 2018 for the first time, an increase of 18.9 pct compared to 2017. The most preferred destinations are Crete, Rhodes, Kos and Corfu. According to Skarveli, they prefer places where there are direct flights, she said. High in their preferences is Athens, which mainly operates as a base, Zakynthos, while Halkidiki is gaining ground in recent years.

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