The northern Aegean Sporades islands will have a new sea link to Greece’s second-largest city later this month.
Golden Star ferries will launch its Thessaloniki-Sporades ferry route on June 15 after getting the green light from the Greek Shipping Ministry.
With two new vessels, the ferry will depart from Thessaloniki at 10 a.m. every day before returning at 7.15 p.m. The cost of a one-way ticket will be €60 ($70), while a return ticket will set travellers back €108 euros.
Greece’s tourism industry is expected to draw 32 million visitors in 2018, in what will be a record year for the sector, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has said.
Speaking at a general meeting of the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE), Tsipras said that figures so far indicate that tourism revenues this year will be 12.8 percent higher than 2017.
The prime minister noted that Greece’s stability in a region that is vulnerable to crises has helped boost the country’s profile as a tourist destination.
Tourism ‘contributed €100 billion’ during Greek crisis
Speaking at the conference, SETE head Yiannis Retsos said travel receipts contributed €100 billion ($117 billion) to the Greek economy in the eight years of the economic crisis.
Retsos said that in 2017, tourism revenue accounted for the 10.3 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, while the sum of its direct and indirect contribution is estimated at between 22.6 and 27.3 percent of GDP.