For Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, the tangible signs of Greece’s recovery are the tourists pouring into Athens from cruise ships and airplanes. Olympia Angeli says she’s lucky those tourists keep her employed.
The number of visitors to Greece increased 13 percent during the first three months of 2011, as arrivals from Turkey and Russia almost doubled, according to data from the Hellenic Statistical Authority.
German taxi driver Rudolf Kugel, who says he’s visited Greece more times than he can count, won’t be going again anytime soon to the Mediterranean sunspot because he’s concerned about the reaction of local people.
Greece may draw a record number of more than 17 million tourists this year as fear of a euro exit dissipates and a decrease in strikes helps the country’s image abroad, the head of the Athens-Attica Hotels Association said.