An unexpected decision: American tourists can replace Russians in Greek resorts – the country is counting on approximately a similar volume of visitors from the United States, and for the first time in history. Greece's Minister of Tourism Vassilis Kikilias said that an increase in the number of tourists is expected in Hellas in the summer season, including about 500,000 travelers from the United States to visit Greece. About the same number of Russian tourists visited Greece before the pandemic, and now the Russian tourist flow has almost vanished due to air sanctions.
“We have never had 500,000 travelers directly from America to Eleftherios Venizelos and Athens — with the first flight starting March 7 — from Atlanta, Chicago, Boston and all three American companies,” he said. He added that there will be nine flights a day from the US during the season. This means about 63 flights from the US to Greece will be registered per week.
The Greek Ministry of Tourism noted that it has already recorded an increase of 180% in northern Greece and 130% in Piraeus, a port city in the urban area of Athens. Only in Athens in the first two months, earnings from tourists amounted to 273 million euros, which is 306% more than in the same period last year. Note that Greece has canceled all covid-19 rules since May 1.
As for the Russians, in 2019, about 583,000 Russian tourists came to Greece. In the same year, according to the minister, about 500,000 travelers from the United States will visit Greece. Those. in fact, an equal exchange will take place.
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