Q: We have always planned to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary in 2012 with a holiday to Santorini, Greece. We have put off making any airline or hotel reservations as we are concerned with all the negative tourism reports connected to Greece and its struggling economy. It makes us wonder if we should choose another destination to avoid disappointment.
A: Never pass up the opportunity to visit Santorini. This stunning island is considered one of the top picturesque travel destinations and the magnificent views are still being enjoyed by visitors not deterred by negative reporting. Stories of empty beaches and closed restaurants are actually proving to attract many past tourists back to Santorini. These returning visitors had been avoiding Santorini over the last decade due to the island being overrun with what some consider as just too many tourists.
Who wants a crowded beach where you are sitting shoulder to shoulder with other tourists? This summer the long dark sandy beach of Perissa provides ample space for a relaxing day in the sun. Most closed restaurants had operated in the larger hotels and catered to higher-end dining which suffered the greatest decline in tourist numbers. There are still plenty of smaller restaurants offering a great selection of local dishes with the emphasis on fish, lamb and cheese.
Naysayers used to complain that the workforce in tourist destinations couldn’t speak English. Now it seems some of these visitors would rather test their foreign language skills when ordering a meal and are complaining about the workforce not speaking Greek. Unless you speak Greek, does it really matter that your waiter or hotel clerk doesn’t? The Vancouver Sun
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While the many cruise ships visiting Santorini are often considered an annoyance to regular land tourists, they are adding stability to the Greek Islands during this time of economic unrest. Emphasis is put on keeping this lucrative market for local merchants satisfied with attention towards making all visitors feel welcome and appreciated. The legendary hospitality of Greeks goes beyond the shopkeepers and hoteliers and can be experienced be visitors sharing time with local residents.