The honor of holding the number one country in the world for tourists is a great one and perhaps bitter-sweet for Greeks as it comes amidst several crises impacting the country.
The current financial crisis that has been gripping the country for the past several years not to mention the impact of the refugee crisis that has seen almost 60,000 migrants trapped in Greece, has not deterred all potential visitors from visiting the breathtaking beaches, enchanting islands, 18 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and ancient ruins that make Greece so memorable.
Even with lack of booking to some Greek islands hit hardest by the refugee crisis such as Chios, Lesvos and Samos, Greece is still projected to reach almost 30 million tourists in 2016, including arrivals by cruise ships which will contribute some 18 percent to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product, according to official data.
Here is the list of CN’s top 10 countries for the online Readers’ Travel Awards: 1. Greece 2. Italy 3. USA 4. South Africa 5. France 6. Spain 7. India 8. Australia 9. Thailand 10. Mexico
Here are the top 10 islands from CN’s online Readers’ Travel Awards: 1. Maldives 2. Greek Islands 3. Balearic Islands 4. Sicily 5. Seychelles 6. St. Lucia 7. Bali 8. Koh Samui 9. Malta 10. St. Barth’s