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Russian, French Tourists Boost 2011 Visitor Numbers to Greece

Arrivals from France, Russia and Portugal bolstered the number of visitors to Greece by 9.5 percent last year, the Hellenic Statistical Authority reported.

A total of 16.4 million people arrived in Greece in 2011, up from 15 million the year before. Visitors from Russia increased 64 percent to 738,927 and those from France increased 32 percent to 1.15 million, according to agency data. The biggest increase was from Portugal, whose 34,642 visitors represented a 78 percent jump.