Greece is expecting a banner year for tourism in 2018 after 30 million visitors arrived in 2017

12/05/2017 12:41 am ET Updated Jan 04, 2018
With over 70 beaches and various rock formations, the island of Milos is fast becoming one of the most sought island visits i
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With over 70 beaches and various rock formations, the island of Milos is fast becoming one of the most sought island visits in Greece

Travelers have been coming to Greece to discover the cradle of western civilization's treasure chest of washed out antiquities, sun-splashed sandy beaches, alabaster villages with panoramic vistas of the vast azure Agean backdrop since the 1950s.

For the visitor, Greece runs the gamut from a culture dating back thousands of years to a vibrant people who share their zest for life with all those who enter its land and shores.

Add in a mild Mediterranean climate combined with Greece's center stage role in the latest gastronomic revolution, and you have a land for all seasons.

Greek musicians performing in a town square in late at night
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Greek musicians performing in a town square in late at night

According to the Ministry of Tourism, 2017 will go down as a record year with international arrivals expecting to outpace 2016's 28 million visitors with an influx 30 million entries.

It's not just the usual suspects of Athens, Santorini, and Mykonos who are reaping the benefits from Greece deemed as a must visit destination and on the traveler's radar as a holiday destination.

Significant increases in arrivals include: Lesvos and Samos in the North Aegean; Kavala in Eastern Macedonia; the island of Kos in the South Aegean; the Ionian islands of Zakynthos and Kefalonia.

The Greek islands provide miles of exploration on unscathed trails
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The Greek islands provide miles of exploration on unscathed trails

Greece's second largest cities of Thessaloniki and its largest island of Crete are other big winners in tourism.

As travelers continue to fall in love with Greece, the Ministry of Tourism is promoting Greece with its mild spring and winter season as a year-round destination.

Creating new thematic travel experiences to entice visitors will help Greece promote sustainability while showcasing the myriad of possibilities in a 365-day with a concentration on less visited destinations.

Cooking classes and immersion into Greek gastronomy are a major player in the resurgence of tourism
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Cooking classes and immersion into Greek gastronomy are a major player in the resurgence of tourism

With a spotlight on creating experiential encounters linked to cultural tourism, religious and pilgrimage tours, cruising and touring the awe-inspiring islands by yacht, hiking, trekking, and biking, scuba diving and wellness travel.

As food and wine have taken over the center stage of any trip planning, Greek gastronomy along with its growing wine industry are attracting gourmands and oenophiles from throughout the world.

As the ties between tourism and the cuisine of a region are drawing visitors to nations mired with a history of delectable delights, Gree with it's healthy and scrumptious Mediterranean diet has much to offer guests to its regions.

Interest is visiting Greece’s treasure trove of archaeological treasures continues to draw thousands of visitors
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Interest is visiting Greece’s treasure trove of archaeological treasures continues to draw thousands of visitors

Keeping up with the importance the culinary revolution in Greece, a new wave of Greek chefs has sprung up. Using premium quality ingredients with a creative imagination for fusion and blending in influences from France and Italy.

Greece has it all. Not many European nations can boast over 300 days of year-round sunshine, islands outnumbering the days spent in one country, epicurean adventures to please the most discerning food connoisseur, a cultural treasure chest of antiquities, and

Greece is a foolproof concoction of both adventure and luxury immersions geared for any style of travel.

One the island of Amorgos priceless encounters high above the Aegean Sea at the Spectacular Byzantine Monastery of Panagia Ho
Photo by Nicholas Kontis
One the island of Amorgos priceless encounters high above the Aegean Sea at the Spectacular Byzantine Monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa

A nation ripe for year-round tourism. Whether you're a thrill seeker or a honeymooner, Greece is a destination that entices all visitors.

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