Tourism in Greece has been a key element of the economic activity in the country, and is one of the country's most important sectors.
Greece has been a major tourist destination and attraction in europe since antiquity, for its rich culture and history, which is reflected in large part by its 18 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, among the most in Europe and the world.
In the recent years Greece has simplified procedures of renting non-hotel accommodation introducing legislation aimed at removing bureaucratic obstacles. (Laws 4254/2014, 4276/2014).
Foreign tourist arrivals in Greece rose by 10 % percent year-on-year to 3 million in September 2018. Tourist Arrivals in Greece averaged 1,2 million persons from 2007 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 3,8 million persons in July of 2018 and a record low of 140.000 persons in February of 2013. Recent numbers are making Greece one of the most visited countries in Europe and the world. Tourism is contributing 18% to the nation's Gross Domestic Product. Its capital city Athens, as well as Santorini, Mykonos, Rhodes, Corfu and Crete are someof the country´s major tourist destinations.
Greece in January saw a remarkable 53 % increase in travel receipts to 232.4 million euros, according to the travel services balance.
In January 2018, travel receipts in Greece had amounted to 152 million euros. A rise recorded for the first time in the history of Greek tourism to over 660,000 travelers.
Tourist arrivals in Greece are expected to be 4 million persons by the end of this quarter. Trading economics estimates tourist arrivals in Greece to stand at 1,8 million in 12 months time