Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni confirmed that the nation's positive bond market return, is the most current indicator that the nation is headed in the right direction.
The economy is predicted to have a record year for tourism. The Tourism Minister stated yesterday, "We have left the big difficulties behind us...The trend is now turning and we'll see the Greek economy start recovering this year". The Hellenic state's tourism industry makes up approximately one sixth of its gross domestic product. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has called the sector: "...the first locomotive that started and began to pull our economy out of a painful six-year recession".
The nation experienced a record 18 million visitors in 2013. Tourism predictions believe this year's travelers will be at an even higher rate than last year. Kefalogianni commented, "The messages from all our markets are extremely positive, giving us the confidence that 2014 will be a new record year".
Travels to Greece are at a heightened level, after severely declining in the past few years. Pre-booking rates from the nation's industry association reveal that more tourists are traveling to Greece from Germany, France and the UK in 2014. Germans visit Greece the most, with voyagers from the UK, FYROM, France and Russia following right behind.