EUROPE — Travel to Europe went up 5% in November after Greece voted against a bailout deal that would have extended financial aid to its banks.
The Eurostat travel bureau said travel to Spain, Portugal, Greece and Italy went up 2.5%, compared with the same month last year.
Eurostat data show that travel to Ireland, Luxembourg and France fell in November, with the travel agency Eurolink forecasting that travel from the four European countries to Europe would drop by 3.5% to 7.7 million in 2018.
A number of European countries including Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal have been left in limbo by the country’s economic crisis and the European Union’s decision to impose capital controls.
More than half of Greece’s population is unemployed and most are living on food stamps, with a significant number living in poverty.
Since the country adopted austerity measures in 2015, the government has cut spending and cut salaries.
The country’s economy has shrunk from 1.7 trillion euros ($2.2 trillion) to around 500 billion euros.