Santorini's Hoteliers are Counting on Their Guests to Return to Them

Tourism | May 8, 2020, Friday // 17:39|  views

The beaches in Santorini have new benefits - the sunbeds are surrounded by frames made of Plexiglas, which serve as a precaution against the coronavirus, said "Kathimerini". In this way, the hoteliers on the island rely on their guests to return to them again.

Some beach bar owners admit that they do not like these restrictions, but they comply them because they hope that this will ensure attendance this year.

"We hope that these constructions that you see are not the future of the beaches. We do not want this, but if it is necessary and if the safety of the people depends on it, we will put such a structure or any other, "they said.

The business of the most popular holiday island in Greece takes all necessary hygiene measures before the start of the season.
People there are aware that if the country opens to tourists in July, as the government predicts, businesses will have already made losses in a few months.
Santorini is a popular destination for tourists worldwide. Every summer, its cobbled streets are crowded. In 2018, 2 million people visited the volcanic island. The place is a popular destination for weddings and honeymoons. Now the streets and terraces are empty. 

Santorini Hotel Association Vice President Andreas Patiniotis said bookings in June last year were 70%, while they are now around 30%. He admits that things will not be easy.
"I believe we have to start somewhere to have a job for our suppliers, for our employees. There are so many people who depend on hotels, "said Patiniotis. /

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