Stat of the day: 20%

The rise in the number of Britons booking holidays to Greece, after unrest in North Africa.

by Elizabeth Anderson
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013
Greece is seeing a renewed surge in tourism, according to Thomas Cook. The holiday operator told the Guardian that bookings by Britons have increased by 20% after the unrest in Egypt and Tunisia - just in the nick of time...

Tourism accounts for roughly one fifth of economic activity in Greece, so it’s bound to be welcome news for the debt-laden country. The news also comes as Greece announced it’ll be waiving landing, takeoff and stopover fees for the next nine months. That might tempt tourists back to the country, but is it enough?

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