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Greek Island holiday boom continues

- by Archimedes

Greek Island holiday boom continues.

Greek tourism shows no signs of slowdown as holiday visitors continue to rise with the Greek islands leading the way. This year has seen international airport arrivals and revenues up by 15.5% according to latest figures. Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni said: "This year the numbers are very encouraging."

In May, tourism receipts were up 38.5% on 2012 taking the total in the first five months of the year to €1.73 billion, up 15.5% on last year.

It followed a rise in holiday visitors of 263,900 on last year as 3.5 million people took a holiday in Greece.

Zante was one of the most popular islands with a jump of 12.8% in charter flight traffic at the island's airport according to latest data from the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority.

In July, 690 aircraft flew in with 118, 397 holiday visitors aboard compared to 620 with 104,977 passengers last July.

And on Rhodes hotel owners are declaring themselves full with forecasters suggesting this will be the best tourism year ever for Rhodes.

July was exceptional as the number of tourist arrivals soared 9% as 378,380 holidaymakers flew in against last year's 346,493 for July.

The Russian market is particularly strong, up 57% but visitor numbers are up across the board from all countries led by the UK and followed by Russia and Germany.

Confidence is growing in 2013 being a record year for Greek Islands holidays with forecasts of breaking the 17 million mark this year.