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Inbound tourism to Crete 2019, by country of origin

Crete is most often visited by tourists from Germany. Over 1.3 million German tourists visited the island in 2019, ranking Germany as Crete’s biggest travel market by far. Other visitors include those from the UK, France and the Netherlands.

Crete as a tourist destination

Crete is not only the largest Greek island, but also among the most visited. International air arrivals to the island have increased by around two million over the past eight years, with tourists enjoying the beaches and warmer climates, as well cultural attractions such as Knossos archeological site. Tourism is one of the most important industries on the island and a major contributor to employment .

Tourism and recovery from the Greek debt crisis

Tourism is essential to the Greek economy and became a lifeline following the government debt crisis that saw the country fall into recession in late 2009, resulting in an emergency bailout from the EU. Although Greece exited the eurozone bailout in 2018, tourism continues to play a role in aiding the country’s ongoing economic recovery. Tourist hotspots in Crete, the Ionian Islands and the South Aegean region continue to attract vacation crowds every summer. In 2018, travel and tourism in Greece was estimated to have directly contributed 15.1 billion euros to GDP in Greece.

Number of inbound tourist visits to the Greek Island of Crete in 2019, by country of origin

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