There is an “overtourism” problem in Santorini, according το CNN Travel.
Is this trully a problem, or is it a challenge for improvements?
According to CNN Travel there was “overtourism” in Santorini during 2017; and hence, Santorini is among the 12 destinations that one should avoid in 2018.
As stated in the related article:
There are few places in the world with sunset views as spectacular as Santorini, but the tiny island in the Greek Cyclades is reaching breaking point.
Almost two million people visited in 2017, 850,000 on cruise ships which drop anchor in its caldera, with passengers staying for a matter of hours rather than days.
While those numbers have been capped to 8,000 a day by the island’s mayor, with a rising population due to the tourist boom, Santorini is in serious danger of losing its charm.
If you must go then…
Stay at a local B&B and avoid the ethically dubious donkey rides which take tourists up and down to the harbor.
Naxos is within the same group of islands as Santorini, with rugged hills and beautiful beaches. Patmos, in the Dodecanese, is also a worthy, peaceful alternative, with excellent beaches and restaurants.
This is what CNN Travel says, and there is no objection as per the suggested alternatives. We, as Alfa Cert, could suggest many more alternatives. But, for us, the problem (and the solution) is not there.
We believe that overtourism is a challenge, not a problem.
Overtourism creates conditions and opportunities for qualitative upgrading, as well as for the extension of the tourist season.
The amazing Santorini sunset is not available only in August. The further extension of the tourist season is possible, with proper promotion and management.
The tourist industry of Santorini should try to attract tourists of an even higher level. The increase of prices is normal; it should not be considered as bad or unreasonable. The law of demand and offer is not new, nor could it be ignored. But this also a matter of proper promotion and management.
Because, our mission is not only the quantitative but also the qualitative improvement of Greek tourism.