Official market data record fewer arrivals of Russian tourists in Greece in 2017 compared to directly competitive destinations such as Turkey, Spain and Cyprus.

Bank of Greece figures show that the number of arrivals of Russian tourists to the country for the January – November period dropped to 579,900, recording a decrease of 0.7%.

Based on the same figures, even with the addition of December data, Greece failed to reach higher levels of arrivals of Russian tourists such as Turkey, Spain and Cyprus.

For the whole duration of 2017, Cyprus managed to raise by 5.5% of arrivals of Russian tourists to 824.494.

The increase in arrival of Russian tourists in Turkey was also impressive, signalling a strong rebound after last year’s decline.

Greece’s neighboring country in 2017 managed to increase the number of Russian tourists by 444.35% to 4.7 million.

Moreover, the number of arrivals of tourists from Russia to Spain increased by 14% last year to 1.14 million.

According to official figures since 2013, the best year for arrivals of Russian tourists to date, Greece has lost the largest share on the Russian market compared to its competitors.

That year, Greece received 1.34 million Russian tourists, Spain 1.58 million tourists, Turkey 4.27 million and Cyprus 608.581.

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