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Some 176,600 people visited GITF 2018 where Greece was one of 1,029 exhibitors from 53 countries Some 176,600 people visited GITF 2018 where Greece was one of 1,029 exhibitors from 53 countries

Chinese Tourist Visas to Greece Increase by 50 Percent

Tourist visas for Chinese nationals wanting to visit Greece rose by over 50 percent for January and February, Greek Tourism Organisation (EOT) has revealed.

According to an official EOT announcement, the number of tourist visas issued to Chinese nationals was 53.5 percent higher during the first two months of this year than the first two months of 2017. EOT also noted the 2017 figure had been 35 percent higher than the number during January and February 2016.

“The increase of the past two years signifies the effectiveness of a strategy to enter China carried out through the national tourism policy and targeted action by Tourism Minster Elena Kountoura,” read an EOT announcement. Greece was also named the most popular tourist destination at China’s Guangzhou International Travel Fair (GITF) which took place from March 01 – 03.

EOT’s contacts during GITF also revealed a 30 to 40 percent tourism packages rise to Greece offered by Chinese tour operators and travel agents.