According to the first results, Greek tourism in May exceeded all expectations.
Over 1 million seats were booked on incoming international flights in the first 15 days, according to the Recovery Tracker of the Hellenic Tourism Business Association Institute. Compared to the previous week (from April 25 to May 1), in the first week of May there is an increase in the number of planned visits to the country by 27.9%, and in the second week of May there is a further increase (compared to the previous one) by 1.8%.
Visitors from the UK (270,000 tickets) are in first place, followed by Germans (230,000 tickets). France, Italy and the Netherlands follow closely behind.
High demand from the UK is evidenced by the fact that low cost airline easyJet has announced new routes to Kefalonia, Kos, Corfu and Chania. At the same time, air tickets were sold at the airports of Gatwick, Luton, Bristol and Manchester to three Greek destinations: Santorini, Mykonos and Rhodes. iefimerida.gr.
In terms of destinations that received the largest number of foreign tourists in the first days of May, Athens is in first place. According to preliminary data, more than 360,000 travelers landed at the Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos”. Greater mobility is also recorded at Heraklion airport, followed by Rhodes (for the second week already, the leader in the arrival of foreign tourists). Thessaloniki and Corfu round out the top five most attractive tourist destinations these days.