Overnight stays at hotels and camping facilities fell by 2.1 percent, and customer arrivals fell by 2.6 percent in the 9-month period January-September 2010 against the corresponding period in 2009, according to figures released on Thursday by the independent Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT).

ELSTAT attributed the reduction to a 7.9 percent decrease in domestic tourists and 10.6 percent reduction in overnight stays by domestic tourists in the period in question, with the average overnight stay falling to 4.2 nights per visitor (5.4 nights for foreign visitors and 2.6 nights per local visitor).

The hotel capacity rates (excluding camping facilities) rose slightly to 55.3 percent in the Jan-Sept. 2010 period from 54.8 percent in the same period in 2009.