Tina Kyriakis runs Alternative Athens walking tours in the capital
Dimitris Sarris runs the Hotel Liotopi, Olympiada, Halkidiki
Theodoros Politis owns Ocean’s Restaurant in Vassiliki, LefkadaGreece after all the trouble. Tourists will get the same service and the same smile as ever. I have about a fifth fewer customers than last year. There aren’t as many new faces, only the regulars who are not put off by the negative news. For the past month I have only accepted payment by cash but, when the government reaches a solution, I will be happy to take card payments again.
Mat Dean publishes Inside the Mani magazine and guidebooks to the southern PeloponneseIn the week before the referendum, we had a slight panic buy on petrol and one of our local petrol stations ran out … for half a day. And my 77-year-old mother bought 10 bars of Cadbury Fruit and Nut! Greeks are understandably cancelling in fairly significant numbers but I was on the beach in Stoupa last night and it very much felt like business as usual – bars and tavernas full of people strolling up and down the promenade.
Antonis Gikas, manager of Hotel Romvi, Tolo, Argolida county, PeloponneseThe normal number of reservations are not happening – and we have no Greek tourists at all. There are media photos showing pensioners waiting outside closed banks – but, in reality, they are all receiving their pensions. It is standard practice in Greece for old people to wait outside the banks before they open, sometimes from 7am. We are the same people, with the same beautiful places. That has not changed.
Antonios Maniatis owns Kivo Art & Gourmet Hotel, Skiathos in the AegeanMy biggest worry is cancellations but we haven’t had any and the hotel is currently fully booked. However, we have not yet had any new bookings for September. Local Greeks often eat at the hotel restaurant but they are spending less. The biggest day-to-day problem is that the banks are closed, which affects payment methods. Greeks queue at the ATMs to take out €60 a day, but this is not enough to run a hotel. How can I pay my suppliers or get paid by tour operators if the banks remain closed?
George Kyriakos owns Nautilus Diving Club in Vassiliki bay, LefkadaWe are lucky that Vassiliki attracts people with specific interests, like diving and windsurfing, and my bookings are even better than last year. But I have heard from diving colleagues that some of the other Greek islands are suffering. Tourism is the biggest industry here. Greek visitors have already disappeared and it would be a disaster if foreign tourists stopped visiting, too.
Georgios Karimalis runs Ikarian Wine, an agrotourism centre offering wine and cooking courses on Ikaria in the Aegean
Michael Cullen is editor of boutique hotel website i-escape.com and a regular traveller to Greece
Christos Tsiotras is manager and guide for Skiathos Mountain Bikes
Elena Soutari, manager of Hotel Porto ScoutariEverything is working fine on Patmos right now. There are no shortages of anything. As long as we don’t have cancellations, which we haven’t had so far, the season looks good. My hotel is almost fully booked for the summer, but we will gladly help visitors find another place. Or come in September – the sea is warm, the sun shines, and it’s a beautiful month here.
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