Tourism Minister Vasilis Kikilias told the Skai TV show “Kalimera” on Sunday that occupancy rates in October are still high on the Greek islands and in Athens, which is teeming with American tourists, as well as in destinations winter season before October 28. Long weekend.
“October is an incredible month for Greek tourism,” he said, reporting occupancy rates as high as 90 or 95 percent in destinations such as Pilio, ManiVytina and Dimitsana, in the Zagorochory villages of Epirus and almost 100% in the mountain villages above Naupactus.
At the same time, he added, well-known destinations such as Rhodes and Crete still attract many American and French visitors, bringing much-needed income to the average Greek family.
“It’s a significant boost for the Greek economy… I’m waiting for the end of the year. The 2022 budget foresees revenues of 15 billion euros from tourism. Not only have we exceeded this figure , but I assure you that we are considerably higher than the 18.2 billion euros of 2019,” Kikilias said.
Elsewhere, inflows into the Greek economy from the Recovery and Resilience Facility exceeded 11 billion euros at a very difficult time, Alternate Finance Minister Theodoros Skylakakis said in a statement to NAMA on Sunday. .
“We are among the first five countries to submit a request for the disbursement of the second installment with RFF (for 3.65 billion euros as of September 30) and the first country to submit a request for the third installment (loans component)”, he added. said the acting finance minister.
“So far, 372 projects with a total budget of 13.5 billion euros have been included in the grant program. In the loan program, 160 investment plans with a total budget of more than seven billion euros were submitted.
“A sum – unprecedented for the Greek State – which will be further increased with the active participation in “Greece 2.0” by most small and medium-sized enterprises.
“It should be noted that, already, among the investment plans submitted in the loans section, 40% of the requests come from small and medium-sized enterprises.”
Referring to his recent visit to CreteSkylakakis pointed out that energy transition, digitalization of the state, reduction of bureaucracy and modernization of social infrastructure are the essence of the government’s reform policy.
The minister noted that contracts have been drawn up for 23 investment plans with a combined budget of 1.4 billion euros, at an average interest rate of 0.9% and a repayment period of 10 years.
He noted that the “Greece 2.0” plan concerns everyone and has financed essential activities such as the opening of firebreaks and access roads in the forests, the improvement of energy efficiency in buildings alumni or providing technology to school students.
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