Russian interest in tourism in Greece
Keen interest for investments in Greece, apart from financial and energy sectors -for which is already revealed a specific intent by giant companies such as VTB and Gazprom- keep the Russian capital. As became known in "H", Russian Companies are allegedly ready to take advantage of investment opportunities such as in the sale of the port of Thessaloniki, Xenia hotels, casinos and real estate development in tourist resorts in the Aegean islands and Halkidiki, where holiday homes as well as lands have already acquired.
Great attraction potential of the Russian investment brings the tourist sector as well. Already in 2011 are estimated that in Greece enjoyed their summer vacations around 600 thousand Russians, while this year the number of people is estimated that will reach 800.000 to 850.000. Given, however, that annually are traveling outside Russia almost 9 million Russian tourists, of which 3 million to Turkey and 2,5 million to Egypt - it is considered that the margins for the Greek tourism sector are still very large. The challenge is even greater since the Russians, as noted, spend on each trip an average of 1.500 euros.
"In recent years from Russia were channeled abroad about 130 billion and most of them in Cyprus, with which are relevant bilateral agreements," said "H" a diplomatic source.