Critical Evaluation of the Greek Tourism Policy

  • Paris A. Tsartas
  • Dimitrios G. Lagos
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Tourism is an important economic activity for Greece that accounts for about 17.20 % of the GDP and creates 20.89 % of the employment positions (WTTC 2009). In 2008, the sector of hotels and restaurants accounted for a 7.1 % of the country’s GDP. At the same time, approximately 963,000 employees, a great percentage of whom live in some periphery, are either directly or indirectly involved in tourism. Greece as a tourist destination holds the seventh position on the scale of tourism profitability (4.6 % of the total of the 25 EU member states). Additionally, during the post-war period tourism development had been impressive, since the average annual increase of foreign tourism revenues in dollars for the years 1960–2005 amounted to 13.3 %.


Comparative Advantage Tourism Industry Tourism Development Tourism Activity Tourist Destination 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Business AdministrationUniversity of the AegeanChiosGreece

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