WhatsApp Logo Subscribe
For News Alert

News

Greece sets tourism revenue record despite wildfires

By AFP

April 30, 2024 08:32 PM


Twitter Share Facebook Share WhatsApp Share

Greece's tourism revenue surged by 16.5 percent last year to a new record despite a blistering heatwave and devastating wildfires, according to Greek central bank data published Tuesday.

Tourism revenues hit 20.6 billion euros ($22 billion), while the number of tourists rose by around 20 percent to 36 million.

Like many parts of the Mediterranean, Greece experienced a prolonged summer heatwave last year in which 20 people died and close to 175,000 hectares (430,000 acres) of land were scorched.

In July, at the height of the heatwave, about 20,000 people were evacuated from the island of Rhodes because of wildfires.

Tourism accounts for roughly a fifth of Greece's gross domestic product but over-tourism and exorbitant prices on many Greek islands have recently become controversial issues.

Greek authorities have put into place measures to limit the number of visitors to the Acropolis in Athens.


AFP


Most Read

  1. Brother shot dead over distribution of Qurbani meat in Azad Kashmir Brother shot dead over distribution of Qurbani meat in Azad Kashmir
  2. Former president of Landi Kotal Press Club shot dead by unknown assailants Former president of Landi Kotal Press Club shot dead by unknown assailants
  3. Fault in global submarine cable affects internet service in parts of Pakistan Fault in global submarine cable affects internet service in parts of Pakistan
  4. Coca-Cola truck looted after accident in Faisalabad Coca-Cola truck looted after accident in Faisalabad
  5. Syra Yousuf ‘strongly’ refuses to remarry Shahroz Sabzwari Syra Yousuf ‘strongly’ refuses to remarry Shahroz Sabzwari
  6. Haris Rauf gets into ugly spat with fan in US Haris Rauf gets into ugly spat with fan in US

Opinion

  1. An Unmissable Opportunity: The Time for Modi and Islamabad leadership to Resume Bilateral Dialogue is Now!
    An Unmissable Opportunity: The Time for Modi and Islamabad leadership to Resume Bilateral Dialogue is Now!

    By Sudheendra Kulkarni

  2. Premier Shehbaz and Chinese model
    Premier Shehbaz and Chinese model

    By Naveed Aman Khan

  3. Modi's myth broken, yet in power
    Modi's myth broken, yet in power

    By Naveed Aman Khan

  4. Xi, Shehbaz and CPEC phase - 2
    Xi, Shehbaz and CPEC phase - 2

    By Naveed Aman Khan

  5. Pakistan's UNSC Triumph: A New Era
    Pakistan's UNSC Triumph: A New Era

    By Dr Asif Channer

  6. Shehbaz, Deng, Xi and transformation
    Shehbaz, Deng, Xi and transformation

    By Naveed Aman Khan