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The recovery of Athens

By Explore
Updated March 1 2021 - 1:41pm, first published January 21 2020 - 6:17pm

A decade ago, Athens wasn’t exactly top of tourists’ bucket-lists. The Greek capital was in turmoil, with strikes, demonstrations and firework-riddled riots staged in protest at the hard-hitting austerity measures brought in to tackle the country’s chronic debt crisis. Yet while Greece’s problems haven’t completely gone away – its unemployment rate is still the highest in the euro zone – the economy has shown green shoots of recovery, boosted by tourism, which is booming. Greece now welcomes about 33 million international visitors annually – up from 18 million in 2008 – and you only have to see the queues snaking up the Acropolis to realise what a popular destination it has become.

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