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Greece expects boost in tourist numbers

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By Euronews
Greece expects boost in tourist numbers

<p>The number of tourists heading to Greece for their holidays is expected to rise this year, giving some financial life blood to the debt-ridden nation. </p> <p>Tourism accounts for about 18 percent of Greece’s <span class="caps">GDP</span> and provides about one in every five jobs. </p> <p>But figures from Eurostat show 32.9% of the EU population cannot afford to take a one-week annual holiday away from home, and more than half of Greeks can not afford a holiday. At the same time, Greece is one of the most popular holiday destinations.</p> <p>Some 26 million visitors are expected this year. That’s up from last year when the migrant crisis affected tourism, especially to the Greek islands. </p> <p>Cruise passengers will further boost the number of visitors this year.</p>