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Forecasts for more tourists in Greece in 2010

21 January 2010 / 17:01:30  GRReporter
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The academy for tourism studies presented its third report. According to the researchers in 2010 the number of tourists coming to visit the country will increase by 8,6%. This percentage however will not cover the losses suffered in 2009 as compared to 2008.

The prognosis is based on several main factors and more precisely the price of the petroleum and the currency exchange rate of the euro as compared to the US dollar, which influences the tourists who are coming to Greece from the countries outside the euro zone. Indirectly, however the last factor is also affecting the flow of tourists from the countries within the euro zone as the cheap dollar means cheap destinations in countries with a currency different than the euro, are specifying the researchers. They explain their expectations for the increase of incoming tourists in the country by 8,6% at a price of 80 dollars per barrel and an euro/dollar exchange rate of 1,45.  In the worst case which provides for a much cheaper dollar (1,55) and very expensive petroleum (110 dollars per barrel) the tourists will only increase by 1,7%.

With about 10% less tourists have visited the country in the past year. Even lower is the percentage of the incomes for the same period announces the scientific adviser of the report Grigoris Papanikos. In the last year’s forecasts of the same team the expected percent for 2009 was -10 to -13%. In relation to the concentration of the statistical data, the academy expresses their hopes of improvement of the quality of the data with the purpose of greater accuracy of the forecasts which will be made in the future. The securing of these data requires transparency in the procedure and the way of their supply. It is necessary to be carried out an independent control of the data.

Besides the forecasts the researchers and university lecturers talk about a tendency in the decrease of the average number of days the tourists are staying in Greece from 14 days to 9. This however is most probably a result of the common trend as the desire for making more trips to different places, which inevitably leads to a decrease in the number of days of the trip. Specialists add that the more and more common model for a long weekend has to focus its attention of the Greek tourist sector towards the attraction of more tourists from the neighbor countries like Bulgaria, Turkey etc.

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