Thursday 8 December 2016

Greece's idyllic islands suffer as tourists stay away

Published 10/07/2015 | 02:30

Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos (L) and former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis talk during a parliamentary session in Athens
Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos (L) and former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis talk during a parliamentary session in Athens

In the Paradosiakon restaurant on the picturesque Greek island of Hydra, Martina Kitsou is eagerly awaiting the cruise ships.

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Just off one of the busiest alleys of the historic island, Martina has served tour groups and local tourists going back almost 20 years. But in the last few weeks, business has fallen badly.

"Two years ago we lost the Greek people, they stay away because they don't have the money for holidays, but now we lose the tourists and it is very bad.

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