Greece takes 13th spot in global tourism ranking

Travel and Tour World | May 08, 2019

It has been reported that Greece climbed to the 13th place and is edging close to the global ‘Top 10’ in terms of international tourism destinations.It saw a record-breaking arrivals performance for 2018.As per the numbers analyzed and announcements made by relevant tourism authorities in individual countries , Greece ranks behind Japan  and Australia.The Bank of Greece (BoG) announced that in the first two-month period of the year the tourist arrivals went up by 7 percent as compared to the same period last year.

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