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Greek tourism industry upbeat on 2012 season

Greek tourism industry upbeat on 2012 season

Greek tourism industry officials are hopeful arrivals in 2012 will remain near last year's record high, despite lagging initial bookings from major European economies.
The head of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises says there has been a significant drop in pre-bookings from the continent's strongest economies, particularly Germany.
But Andreas Andreadis says the season can be saved following the conclusion of a massive debt relief deal with the crisis-hit country's creditors.
He said Monday that the target is to keep international arrivals in 2012 above 16 million, and receipts higher than (EURO)10 billion ($13.2 billion).
Last year, arrivals reached 16.4 million and revenues (EURO)10.5 billion _ both up 9.5 percent on 2010. Tourism contributed some 15.7 percent of Greece's GDP last year.