The ever growing number of tourists takes its toll on Greece’s island infrastructure
While yet another record breaking year for tourism is much welcome news for Greece’s fragile economy, the growing numbers are creating a problem. For many Greek islands, ageing infrastructure means that some are reaching breaking point. Other problems authorities faced was the sheer number of people adding to everyday things such as rubbish, overcrowded streets and beaches along with growing traffic. Some islands also experienced water shortages. Problems also increased at Attiki’s main ports such as Piraeus and Rafina, as well as at island ports which were unable to bear the traffic.
The relevant authorities are attempting to find solutions such as promoting other destinations in an attempt to balance out the influx of tourists during peak season. The obvious priority though is to invest in upgrading infrastructure on the islands. Already some major works are being planned to uprade various regional airports.
While the government might be thankful for the usual boom in tourism over the last couple of months, the reality is that Greece is lagging behind in terms of being able to cope and this issue needs to be addressed sooner rather than later.