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Foreign tourism to Greece up

Foreign tourism to Greece up

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ATHENS: The number of foreign tourists visiting Greece has sharply increased so far this year despite soaring inflation and the Ukraine war, according to official statistics published on Monday.

But the figures remained below the record pre-pandemic levels of 2019 that helped revive the country's tourism-dependent economy after years of crisis.

From January to late August, 19.12 million foreign tourists flocked to the sun-drenched southern European nation to explore attractions such as the Athens Acropolis or the Aegean islands, the Bank of Greece said, reports AFP. That represented a 121-percent increase on the same period in 2021, when Covid-19 travel and social restrictions weighed heavily on the tourism sector.

In August alone, traditionally the peak of the Mediterranean tourism season, more than 5.8 million foreign visitors came to Greece, a rise of 44 percent on 2021 figures.