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Why Tourists Are Still Flocking to Greece And Avoiding Turkey

While visitors are less worried by a bad economy, violence is a different story
Even Turks are flocking to vacation in Greece, where the cost of living has decreased dramatically compared to their homeland.

Even Turks are flocking to vacation in Greece, where the cost of living has decreased dramatically compared to their homeland.

Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg
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Greece and Turkey — neighbors, historic foes — share the same blue Aegean waters, tasty food and ancient ruins, though only one has triumphed on the tourist front. While near-economic collapse in Greece proved to be no deterrent in attracting visitors, Turkey's proximity to war-torn Syria and the threat of indiscriminate acts of terrorism were turn-offs.

Things didn't look good for Greece going into the summer as capital controls went into effect. However, sun-seekers and island hoppers simply lined their pockets with cash. July turned out to be a record-breaking month, according to the latest available figures.