Tourist arrivals in Greece from Belgium in 2017 broke the 10-year record. According to figures, for the first time, the number of visitors from the northwest European country exceeded 509,000. In fact, Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura, who visited Brussels and met with officials from the Belgian tourism market, announced that the 2018 bookings were already on an upward trend.
Based on current data, Greece is the second most popular summer destination in the Belgian market.
During her visit, Mrs Kountoura inaugurated the Greek National Tourism Organisation (EOT) stand at the Salon de Vacances exhibition in Brussels. In the framework of the exhibition, she met with the heads of tourist groups, on issues such as the strengthening of the tourist flow, the launch of new direct flights and the promotion of Greek destinations to the public of Belgium.
The island of Karpathos was the centre of attention at the Greek pavilion. From 2019, there will be a direct flight of the TUI group from Belgium to the island, while direct flights will also be available from Brussels to Kavala, and there will be seven new direct flights from Belgium to Kalamata, Chania, Kos, Mykonos, Santorini, Thessaloniki, Zakynthos in collaboration with the Thomas Cook Group and the Brussels Airways