Tourism: Han­dle with care

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

The number of tourism ar­rivals in Greece is grow­ing apace and the sec­tor is with­out doubt the main en­gine of the coun­try’s econ­omy right now. All of the signs point to the up­ward trend con­tin­u­ing, but this does not mean there is any room for com­pla­cency. At many pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions, there are se­ri­ous prob­lems with in­fra­struc­ture and ma­jor short­ages. A get-richquick men­tal­ity is also preva­lent and dan­ger­ous. When it comes to cen­tral plan­ning, high ar­rival num­bers should not be the only goal; we need high-qual­ity ser­vices and big­ger­spend­ing tourists to sur­vive in the long term. The state, lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the sec­tor need to get to­gether and start plan­ning for the fu­ture if they want to avoid se­ri­ous mis­takes and fix the myr­iad prob­lems that are be­com­ing so ap­par­ent right now as the peak of the sum­mer sea­son ap­proaches.

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