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Tourism in Greece

Tourism in Greece

Greece recorded a total of 34 m tourists in 2019, ranking 17th in the world in absolute terms.

That smaller countries regularly perform lower in a comparison of the absolute number of guests, is obvious. By putting the tourist numbers in relation to the population of Greece, the result is much more comparable picture: With 3.2 tourists per resident, Greece ranked 40th in the world. In Southern Europe, it ranked 6th.

Greece generated around 23.00 bn US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 12.14 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 19 percent of all international tourism receipts in Southern Europe.

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Most popular destinations in Greece

No less than 3 cities in Greece are among the top 100 most popular destinations worldwide. In 2019 Athens reached the 41st place with 6.30 m tourists. According to Euromonitor, all foreign tourists with at least one overnight stay were counted.

CityTouristsRankChange
Athens6,301,300#41+10.0%
Heraklion3,034,600#75-10.0%
Rhodes2,414,800#97+3.3%


Tourism in GreeceOn average, each of the tourists arriving in 2019 spent about 592 US Dollars. Conversely, the inhabitants of Greece spend only around 470 dollars a year when they themselves spend vacations abroad.

Development of the tourism sector in Greece from 1995 to 2019

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Greece each year. Anyone who spends at least one night in the country but does not live there for more than 12 months is considered a tourist. Insofar as the survey included the purpose of the trip, business trips and other non-tourism travel purposes have already been excluded. The number of people passing through within the same day, and e.g. crew members of ships or flights are also not considered as tourists in most countries. If the same person travels in and out more than once within the same year, each visit counts again.

Data in the chart are given in millions of tourists. The red line represents the average of all 14 countries in Southern Europe.

Tourists per year in Greece

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 4.18 bn USD, or about 3.1 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 10.71 m tourists at that time and roughly 390 USD per person. Within 24 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased drastically. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 23.00 bn USD, accounting for 11.20 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 676 USD for his holiday in Greece.

Tourism receipts in Greece per year

All data for Greece in detail

YearNumberof touristsReceipts% of GNPIncome per tourist
201934.01 m23.00 bn $11.20 %676 $
201833.07 m21.59 bn $10.17 %653 $
201730.16 m19.14 bn $9.6 %635 $
201628.07 m16.81 bn $8.7 %599 $
201526.11 m17.55 bn $9.0 %672 $
201424.27 m19.49 bn $8.3 %803 $
201320.11 m17.43 bn $7.3 %867 $
201215.52 m14.67 bn $6.1 %945 $
201116.43 m16.27 bn $5.7 %990 $
201015.01 m13.86 bn $4.6 %923 $
200914.92 m16.03 bn $4.9 %1,075 $
200815.94 m17.59 bn $5.0 %1,103 $
200716.17 m15.69 bn $4.9 %970 $
200617.28 m14.50 bn $5.3 %839 $
200515.94 m13.45 bn $5.4 %844 $
200414.27 m12.81 bn $5.3 %898 $
200314.79 m10.84 bn $5.4 %733 $
200214.92 m10.01 bn $6.5 %671 $
200114.68 m9.22 bn $6.8 %628 $
200013.57 m9.26 bn $7.1 %683 $
199912.61 m8.84 bn $6.2 %701 $
199811.36 m6.19 bn $4.3 %545 $
199710.59 m3.79 bn $2.7 %358 $
19969.78 m3.76 bn $2.6 %384 $
199510.71 m4.18 bn $3.1 %390 $


All data correspond to the information of the World Tourism Organization.

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