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    Τρίτη, 22-Ιουν-2021 18:13

    Travel receipts rose by 211.0% in April 2021

    Πτώση 79,3% στις ταξιδιωτικές εισπράξεις το α' τετράμηνο - αύξηση 211% τον Απρίλιο
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    Inbound traveller flows increased by 185.6% in April 2021,but fell by 79.7%during the period January - April 2021, according to a press release by Bank of Greece. •   At the same time, the balance of travel services posted a surplus of €10 million in April 2021 and a surplus of €29 million duringthe period January - April 2021.

    Balance of travel services

    Based on provisional data, the balance of travel services, in April 2021, showed a surplus of €10 million, up from a surplus of €5 million in April 2020. More specifically, travel receipts in April 2021 rose by 211.0% to €43 million, from €14 million in April 2020, while travel payments also increased by 273.0% (April 2021: €33 million, April 2020: €9 million). The rise in travel receipts is attributed to a 185.6% increase in inbound traveller flows, as well as to a rise of 8.9% in average expenditure per trip. Net receipts from travel services offset 0.5% of the goods deficit and contributed 3.2% to total net receipts from services.

    In January-April 2021, the balance of travel services showed a surplus of €29 million, down from a surplus of €206 million in the same period of 2020. Travel receipts fell by €481million or 79.3% to €126 million, while travel payments also decreased by €304 million or 75.9% to €97million. The decreasein travel receipts was drivenby a decline in inbound traveller flows (-79.7%), whereas average expenditure per trip rose by 2.5%. Net receipts from travel services offset 0.4% of the goods deficit and contributed 2.6% to total net receipts from services.

    Travel receipts

    In April 2021, as mentioned previously, travel receipts rose by 211.0% year-on-year. In more detail, receipts from residents of EU27 countries increased by 223.2% to €24 million, while receipts from outside the EU27 rose by 196.7% (April 2021: €19 million, April 2020: €6 million). The rise in receipts from within the EU27 was due to increases in receipts from euro area residents by 348.5% to €21 million (April 2020: €5 million) and in receipts from residents of non-euro area EU27 countries by 24.4% to €4 million. Among major countries of origin, receipts from Germany rose by 679.2% to €8 million and receipts from France rose by 865.6% to €2 million. Turning to non-EU27 countries, receipts from the United Kingdom increased by 64.3% to €1 million and receipts from the United States increased by 694.2% to €1 million. Receipts from Russia posted a very high percentage increase, but remained under €1 million.

    In January-April 2021, travel receipts decreased by 79.3% year-on-year to €126 million. This development was driven by a 72.5% decline in receipts from residents of EU27 countries, which fell to €66 million, and by an 83.6% drop in receipts from residents of non-EU27 countries to €60 million. In furtherdetail, receipts from euro area residents fell by 74.1% to €50 million, while receipts from residents of non-euro area EU27 countries fell by 65.4% to €16 million. In particular, receipts from Germany dropped by 59.7% to €20 million and receipts from France fell by 71.9% to €4 million. Turning to non-EU27 countries, receipts from the United Kingdom fell by 88.2% to €6 million and receipts from the United States decreased by 96.3% to €2 million. Receipts from Russia also decreased, by 94.9% to less than €1 million.

    Inbound traveller flows

    The number of inbound travellers, in April 2021, rose by 185.6% year-on-year to 107 thousand. Specifically, traveller flows through airports increasedsignificantly from almost nil in April 2020, while traveller flows through road border-crossing points increased by 34.4% This overall increase was due to higher traveller flows from both within the EU27 (up by 195.1%) and outside the EU27 (up by 173.6%). In greater detail, the number of travellers from within the euro area rose by 1,657.4% to 42 thousand, while travellers from non-euro area EU27 countries rose by 4.3% to 19 thousand. In particular, the number of travellers from Germany rose to 12 thousand, while travellers from France also rose to 4 thousand. Turning to non-EU27 countries, the number of travellers from the United Kingdom, the United States and Russia was 4 thousand, 1 thousand and less than 1 thousand, respectively.

    In January-April 2021, the number of inbound travellers fell by 79.7% to 378 thousand (January-April 2020: 1,866 thousand). Specifically, traveller flows through airports declined by 82.9% and traveller flows through road border-crossing points fell by 81.0%. In the period under review, the number of travellers from within the EU27 dropped by 76.0% year-on-year to 221 thousand, while travellers from outside the EU27dropped by 83.3% to 157 thousand. The number of travellers from within the euro area fell by 71.9%, whereas travellers from non-euro area EU27countries dropped by 80.6%. Specifically, the number of visitors from Germany decreased by 62.9% to 50 thousand, while travellers from France decreased by 64.2% to 12 thousand. Turning to non-EU27 countries, the number of travellers from the United Kingdom fell by 84.0% to 19 thousand, while the number of travellers from the United States dropped by 95.9% to 4 thousand and from Russia by 95.3% to 1 thousand.

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