International arrivals at Greek airports fell 8.8 percent in the first three months of the year, according to the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises.
The number of people arriving from abroad fell to 551,442 through March 31, from 604,869 in the year-earlier period, the association said in a statement today on its website. The March decline was 3.8 percent to 209,680. Thirteen airports providing 95 percent of air arrivals from abroad were surveyed.
Athens International Airport saw a 16 percent drop in the three months, to 352,004. Traffic at Greece’s biggest airport has slumped as the economic crisis hits travel spending and protests dent Greece’s image abroad, it said in a statement last month.
Tourism, Greece’s biggest industry, accounted for almost 16 percent of gross domestic product and almost one in five jobs in 2011, according to the London-based World Travel and Tourism Council.
Visitors to museums fell 2.4 percent last year and revenue declined 5.5 percent from 2010, data released by the Hellenic Statistical Authority today showed. Archaeological sites saw an 18 percent rise to 6.5 million visitors last year, lifting revenue by 6.7 percent.
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