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Over-tourism drives locals & foreigners away from Greece’s popular islands

Over-tourism drives local and foreign tourists away from popular islands in summer months, while there is a significant increase in bookings… in September.

Hundreds of tourists flock during the summer months to the top destinations of Greece, such as Mykonos and Santorini, with the result that – apart from injecting liquidity into the local community – issues arise from overcrowding, mainly at tourist attractions, daily ethnos.gr reported on Monday.

As local government agents note, discomfort is registered even among Greek tourists who choose the specific destinations for their vacations.

Speaking to Open TV, the president of restaurant owners of Mykonos, Yiannis Theocharis, said that about 15,000 people found themselves on the island within a few hours.

The president of the Santorini Hotel Association, Antonis Iliopoulos, even refered to 25,000 tourists a day who disembark from a single cruise ship.

For this reason, many tourists now choose September to go to their favorite popular islands.

It is characteristic that, based on the data, bookings in Athens in September increase by 73%, while for Mykonos by 12% and for Santorini, the percentage is 13%.
According to daily kathimerini, European tourists are increasingly choosing to travel to destinations or periods of the year with less crowds, as they seek better services, new experiences and lower prices.

As a result, July and August are apparently showing fewer projected arrivals compared to last year in popular destinations in Greece, such as Mykonos and Santorini.

This trend is confirmed not only by hoteliers, but also by online short-term rental platforms. In these agencies, bookings for the months of July and August this year are reduced compared to last summer.

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8 comments

  1. 25,000 on a single cruise ship ?
    The largest in the world carries just over 7,000

  2. “European tourists are increasingly choosing to travel to destinations or periods of the year with less crowds, as they seek better services, new experiences and lower prices.

    As a result, July and August are apparently showing fewer projected arrivals compared to last year in popular destinations in Greece, such as Mykonos and Santorini.”

    What a load of baloney! People aren’t coming because they are “fiscally” challenged as a result of the coordinated European agenda to drive “ordinary” people into the ground.

  3. The article on over tourism says “The president of the Santorini Hotel Association, Antonis Iliopoulos, even refered to 25,000 tourists a day who disembark from a single cruise ship.” That must be one helluva sized ship!!

  4. So September will become overcrowded instead !

  5. michele lavender

    We dont want to squabble over numbers,all we do know for sure is that the fate of Greece is actually quite sad,its being done to death,exploited to death and if it could cry it would,rivers of tears.And its not only the average little package holidays,its fast becoming a mega rich people”s play-place where whole beautiful coastlines are being gobbled up by developers with the endorsement of governments to feed a never ending appetite for financial gain and for those who can pay to buy Greece, in the guise and excuse of “tourism”.

    • Michele, you are right! It is all for the money.. I’m just a tourist myself but I just hate to see all these beautiful places beeing destroyed with AI-hotels big buildings that has nothing to do with greek society or custom. All these small villages that just cant exist any more and the tavernas dont get any customers, the tourists eat at that AI-hotel (food that is not greek at all!) In my opinion, go back to all those little charming hotels who served breakfast. For lunch or dinner you go to the village-tavernas. And there you get real greek food that tastes fantastic!! Ok, I remember how it was before this “invasion”, wrong, no I dont think so!! Been travelling in Greece, every summer, for over 30 years now so I can really see the difference, sadly enough!!

  6. This is not a tourist problem, Greece is expected to gain 4.3 billion euros from tourism and locals see it as supply and demand raising prices, although rumors have it 1 menu for tourists, 1 menu for Greeks.
    Greece can always go back to saying no to tourists and drowning in debt. Use the money to increase the infrastructure so tourism is spread over the entire country not just 2 islands and Athens

    • michele lavender

      I dont think that Greece ever said…NO…to tourism, except for a period of time during the Covid 19 Pandemic when borders were closed like other countries and the reasons for drowning in debt have had probably at least one hundred books written about them,lack of tourists was not one of the major players in the scenario unfortunately as the problem might have gone away sooner.