Tourist arrivals reached 1.187 million in the first quarter of the year, recording an increase of 18.2 pct compared with last year, while tourist arrivals from France and Germany recorded a decline of 39 pct and 1.2 pct respectively, the Bank of Greece announced on Friday.
This development helped tourism revenues rise by 21.7 pct in the period January-March 2014 compared with the same period last year.
Tourist arrivals from the EU 28 countries reached 598,000, increased by 18.2 pct, whereas tourist arrivals from countries outside the EU reached 589,000, increased by 13.8 pct compared with the same period last year.
Eurozone tourist arrivals increased 5.7 pct, while arrivals from the other EU countries increased 31.4 pct.
Tourist arrivals from Russia reached 26,000, increased 100 pct, while arrivals from the United States reached 32,000 increased 16.2 pct.
Tourism revenues from countries outside the EU increased by 31 pct at 252 million euros, followed by EU citizen tourism revenues that totaled 224 million euros in the period of January-March 2014, increased by 13.7 pct compared with the same period last year.
The tourism balance of payments in the period of January-March 2014 showed a surplus of 73 million euros compared to 43 million euros in the same period last year.