Santorini has reached its tourist’s saturation point

Published on : Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Oia SantoriniSantorini, a volcanic island in Greece, now converted into a blue and white city, located in the south east of Greece is alluring the tourists for its architectural wonders, but now it has reached its saturation point and needs the responsible tourism here.



Here the sunset is at the essence by enduring the myth. This year is very close to 2 million holidaymakers, which will visit Santorini. This place lured by the beauty of a place that was completely demolished by a volcanic eruption that was erupted in 1613BC.  It is believed that this place have inspired Plato’s telling of the legend of Atlantis.


Most of the visitors opt to fly in on charters and private jets direct from European and American capitals for the luxury tourism.



More than 850,000 will arrive on the huge cruise ships that fasten the daily in the crescent-shaped isle’s volcanic sea-filled crater.



Now, with the boosting of tourism in Santorini, the number of hotels raised up to 141 hotels, which is great leap from 35 in 2013.



The hotels of Santorini will stay open this winter, prolonging the season and ensuring local people cash in on ever-growing profits.




Santorini is a scene far removed from the gruelling 1950s, when mass migration followed a devastating earthquake that resulted in most of the island’s merchant elite fleeing to Athens.




But success in projecting this land of tourism importance boosts the economy of this place. Previously, this place in Greece was suffered with poverty. The electricity came here in 1974.




But in recent time, due to mass tourism, the local people of Santorini are becoming agitated. It has amplified the socioeconomic tensions and placed an intolerable burden on the island’s infrastructure.



Nikos Zorzos, Santorini’s mayor said that everyone want to work here. Over 25,000 people are now permanent residents.



Now, what Santorini wants is the sustainability and responsible tourism. The mayor of Santorini said that they have reached the saturation point.



It gives a lack of economic and environmental sustainability. Santorini has developed the problems of a city.



The water consumption alone has gone up, which is alarming. They need desperately to increase the supplies of essential items but that require studies, which in turn require technicians and that the government cannot afford.




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