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October Light: Greece Continues Record Tourist Run During COVID

ATHENS – Looks like nothing – including the receding COVID-19 pandemic – will keep Greece in 2022 from blowing past the previous record year of 2019 for tourism, with October showing its highest occupancy rates ever for that month.

Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias said that’s being boosted by people continuing to go to islands which traditionally have been mostly summer attractions with beaches luring people.

Americans are leading the charge, returning to travel again after two years of lockdowns and slowdowns and eager to take vacations, Greece reaching out to people to come in the autumn and year-round.

“The occupancy rates in Pelion, Mani, Trikala, Corinthia, and Arachova already exceed 90 per cent, 95 per cent in Vytina and Dimitsana, very high occupancy rates in Epirus, while there are also destinations where it is now very difficult to find accommodations at all.

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