Tourist arrivals dropped by 9.0 percent in the first half of the year, according to figures released by the independent Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) on Tuesday.
ELSTAT, in a report, said that according to the Border Statistical Survey conducted by the Bank of Greece, in the period January-June of 2012, arrivals of non-residents from abroad decreased by 9.0%, as compared with the same period of the year 2011.
More specifically, arrivals from Europe, which account for the majority of arrivals of non-residents to Greece (87.8%), registered a decrease of 7.9% in Jan-June 2012 as compared with the same period of 2011, while arrivals from the Member States of the European Union recorded a decrease of 11.6%. Arrivals from France, Bulgaria, Netherlands, Poland and Germany showed a significant decrease in absolute values. On the other hand, a significant increase of arrivals was observed in the cases of United Kingdom, Albania and Spain. As regards to the distribution of arrivals by country of origin, the largest number of arrivals came from Germany (12.8%), the United Kingdom (12.7%) and France (6.3%). Moreover, the corresponding data for the rest of the continents show a significant decrease of arrivals, in absolute values, from America for the period Jan-June 2012 as compared with the same period of 2011.
The analysis of the data by means of transportation and by point of entry shows that most arrivals are by air, while airports with the largest proportion of traffic to be those of Athens (21.8%), Iraklio (11.6%), Rhodes (9.2%) and Thessaloniki (6.5%).