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Greek islands travelSantorini suffers under tourism boom

Santorini may be pulling in the holiday visitors; the problem is where to put them all. Tourism leaders on the popular Greek island are delighted and the steady rise in international arrivals at the island airport — up more than a third year on year. And they are flying in greater numbers too with a 400% rise in holiday visitors to the island over the past five years. But the influx has triggered a massive increase in hotel and apartment building on the small island, and not everyone is happy with the results. Santorini mayor, Nicos Zorsos, says he is, of course, pleased at the soaring popularity with visitors but describes the hotel building on the island as 'excessive'. It follows reports that the number of hotel beds on Santorini now is 990 per square kilometre, a number gr...

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