Tourism picks up in Greece, but without the Greeks
ATHENS (AFP) - Foreign tourists are finding their way back to Greece's islands and ancient ruins, offering a rare boost to an economy contracting for the sixth year running.
Arrivals are on the up again after dismal 2012 figures but domestic tourism is at a standstill and Greece's second-tier destinations are more deserted than ever.
The Association of Greek tourism enterprises (SETE) this month announced a 10 percent rise in foreign arrivals at airports for the first half of 2013.
The Bank of Greece in turn announced that in the year running up to May 2013, tourism revenue had soared 38.5 percent and foreign arrivals 24 percent.