Tourism winners and losers

TOURISM in Greece, Germany, France and Turkey has been ravaged by the refugee crisis. These countries have endured lethal terrorist attacks that have damaged a crucial source of taxes.

Off-the-beaten-path locations like Bulgaria and Croatia are raking in travel revenues. Poland and Hungary, along with the Czech Republic and Slovenia, are expected to benefit from an increase in tourists, who before the crisis would opt for more conventional destinations.

Many traditional tourist resorts like Spain and Portugal benefit from travellers’ aversion to afflicted countries. The Iberian Peninsula has been relatively untouched by the self-inflicted refugee crisis that plagues London and Paris and is widespread in Germany.

Spain has endured dreadful attacks but dodged the refugee related violence bullet suffered by France, Germany, the Low Countries and Sweden.

Hotel occupancy in Brussels plummeted to 62 per cent. Germans are playing it safe and staying at home behind locked doors.

Heidelberg suffered a 40 per cent drop in Far Eastern tourism and a 10 per cent drop in American visits.

This summer, Europe and transit country Turkey have been put under enormous pressure as a direct consequence of NATO aggression dubbed ‘war on terror’.

According to Turkey’s ministry of tourism, approximately 41 per cent less tourists visited the country compared to the same month last year. After terrorist attacks in Ankara and Istanbul, June arrivals hit 2.5 million.

In the same month last year the number was more than 4.1 million. The ministry noted a remarkable decrease of tourists from Germany and Russia. Arrivals from Germany in June fell by almost 38 per cent, while visits from Russia dropped by 93.1 per cent.

Russia’s security concerns for its citizens have since been met by Turkey and Egypt. High spending Russian tourists are now restoring the prosperity of resorts that once contributed greatly to each country’s tax revenues.

Greek tourism has also been devastated since German Chancellor Angela Merkel notoriously flung open Europe’s doors, Greece being a transitory country.

Christiana Kalogirou, regional governor of the North Aegean, told that the immigration crisis had seriously affected tourism in the region.

The island of Lesvos suffered a 68 per cent drop in visitors compared to 2015. According to latest data, tourist arrivals to the north Aegean Sea’s islands has dropped by 70 per cent. Mytilene’s airport services published figures show a 62.8 per cent decrease in foreign passengers in Lesvos in July In July 6,841 European tourists landed on the island of Lesvos.

In the same month last year, 18,373 people landed. On the island of Chios in July 535 visits were recorded. Last July the number was 1,887.

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