Tourism mag­ni­fies prob­lems

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY MARIA KATSOUNAKI

that has been al­lowed to fes­ter even though it tests the lim­its of res­i­dents and visi­tors alike. The mu­nic­i­pal au­thor­ity ap­pears un­able to find a so­lu­tion for the ever-grow­ing prob­lem of the is­land’s waste man­age­ment. There’s al­ways some ex­cuse or other that can be traced to petty pol­i­tick­ing, ad­min­is­tra­tive in­ep­ti­tude, ex­treme neg­li­gence or a de­sire to cover up sins. Greece is ex­pected to re­ceive more than 30 mil­lion tourists this year, as geopo­lit­i­cal fac­tors in the broader re­gion have made this coun­try one of the world’s lead­ing des­ti­na­tions. What have we as a coun­try done to make the most of this op­por­tu­nity? With­out dis­miss­ing the very wor­thy and ef­fec­tive ef­forts from some quar­ters, we must also look at the big­ger pic­ture, at the coun­try’s in­fra­struc­ture, at the day-to-day op­er­a­tion of the state and at the stan­dards of the ser­vices be­ing of­fered. We must also ad­dress the is­sue of re­spect: to­ward tourists, both Greek and for­eign, and on the part of tourists to­ward the coun­try. Tragic events like the death of the young Amer­i­can in a bar fight on the is­land of Zakyn­thos, for ex­am­ple, are not in­fre­quent and are un­doubt­edly linked to ex­ces­sive al­co­hol con­sump­tion. They are a sign

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