“With its government debt at 172% of its GDP, Greece’s economy is far from recovered from its debt crisis” states an article published on Quartz news outlet, adding that the country’s unemployment rate “still lingers above 27%, as it has since March of 2013.” And while it has seen an improvement from last year’s negative account balance and the central bank has high hopes to exit the recession this year, the country’s current balance is just under 1% of its GDP, the article underlines.
But one area continues to see some upward mobility, according to Quartz. “Greece’s cultural relics, especially the Acropolis of Athens and its other archaeological sites, have maintained a steady flow of visitors for the past few years. In fact, visits to these sites have risen even as the economy has languished, according to data collected from Hellenic Statistical Authority, EL.STAT.”
The news outlet refers specifically to the Acropolis, a must-see for tourists. The numbers certainly reflect its popularity. It has had an average of a million visitors per year over the last decade, and it’s the single most-visited archaeological site in Greece, with the Minoan palace Knossos coming in at second place.