Tourism is booming in Greece, with visitors from across Europe now spending more than $5 billion annually, according to a new report by the Athens-based travel agency Soho.
The tourism industry is in the midst of a surge, with arrivals to Greece increasing by more than 100% since 2008, according the Tourism Information Center.
The country’s tourist industry was worth $14.3 billion in 2015, up from $13.8 billion in 2010.
In Turkey, visitors from Europe have been especially big, with the country’s tourism industry worth $3.3 bn in 2015.
Greece has been the world’s largest tourist destination, accounting for $6.3b in 2014.
The tourism industry has been expanding in the wake of the global financial crisis, but it remains at the mercy of an unstable Greek economy.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has said that Greece will be able to keep its tourism industry going as long as the EU is willing to take in refugees, despite a recent spike in the number of people trying to enter the country from Turkey.
“We have been successful in keeping the Greek tourism industry, in spite of the economic crisis, and will continue to do so,” Tsipris said in a speech in May.
“This will continue.
The European Union has to take care of the refugees and keep Greece in the EU.
This is what the Greek people want.”