Tourism in Greece

Tourism in Greece

Greece recorded a total of 30 million tourists in 2018, ranking 13th 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 2.8 tourists per resident, Greece ranked 24th in the world. In Southern Europe, it ranked 5th.

Greece generated around 21.59 billion US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 10.29 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 11 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 2018 Athen reached the 43rd place with 5.73 million tourists. According to Euromonitor all tourists with at least one overnight stay were counted.


On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2018 spent about 640 US Dollars. Conversely, the inhabitants of Greece spend only around 439 dollars a year when they themselves spend vacations abroad.

Development of the tourism sector in Greece from 1995 to 2018

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 billion USD, or about 3.1 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 10.13 million tourists at that time and roughly 413 USD per person. Within 23 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased drastically. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 21.59 billion USD, accounting for 9.9 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 717 USD for his holiday in Greece.

Tourism receipts in Greece per year

All data for Greece in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
199510.13 m4.18 bn $3.1 %413 $
19969.23 m3.76 bn $2.6 %407 $
199710.07 m3.79 bn $2.7 %377 $
199810.92 m6.19 bn $4.3 %567 $
199912.16 m8.84 bn $6.2 %727 $
200013.10 m9.26 bn $7.1 %707 $
200114.06 m9.22 bn $6.8 %656 $
200214.18 m10.01 bn $6.5 %706 $
200313.97 m10.84 bn $5.4 %776 $
200413.31 m12.81 bn $5.3 %962 $
200514.77 m13.45 bn $5.4 %911 $
200616.04 m14.50 bn $5.3 %904 $
200716.17 m15.69 bn $4.9 %970 $
200815.94 m17.59 bn $5.0 %1,103 $
200914.92 m16.03 bn $4.9 %1,075 $
201015.01 m13.86 bn $4.6 %923 $
201116.43 m16.27 bn $5.7 %990 $
201215.52 m14.67 bn $6.0 %945 $
201317.92 m17.43 bn $7.3 %973 $
201422.03 m19.49 bn $8.2 %885 $
201523.60 m17.55 bn $8.9 %744 $
201624.80 m16.81 bn $8.6 %678 $
201727.19 m19.14 bn $9.4 %704 $
201830.12 m21.59 bn $9.9 %717 $

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

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