Greece is expected to welcome 2.5 million German tourists within 2014, about 230,000 more than 2013. According to International Tourism Fair’s data (ITB), which was launched in Berlin, “there is an increase in bookings ranging from 10 to 20 percent and sometimes the increase is even bigger,” noted the president of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) Andreas Andreadis.
Last year, a great increase reaching 18 percent was noted in Crete and it is expected to continue for 2014 with an extra increase in the arrivals of German tourists of about 10 percent. According to sources, the goal now is to extend the touristic season in the months of autumn and spring. The Region of Crete has announced its plan to spend 10 million euros on the maintenance of the island’s infrastructure for this year’s touristic season.
According to the general manager of the Rhodes Tourism Organization Charalambos Palogiannidis, the German market in Rhodes is also expected to move north in 2014 as he claims that the significant increase in bookings has to do with the pursuit of the big tourist agencies in order to fill hotels with the discount that applies in bookings made during the winter. Moreover, he fears for the impact that the Russian Ukrainian crisis might have on Greece’s tourism, as the sharp devaluation of the ruble makes tourism in Greece expensive. It is worth mentioning that during 2013, Rhodes welcomed approximately 280,000 Russian and 25,000 Ukrainian tourists.
At the ITB, which will last until March 9, the Greek cuisine will be present under the initiative of the Group “Greece on a Dish.”