The cost of coronavirus: Greek tourism slump threatens a decade of hard-won gains

About now, Charlie Chahine should be welcoming his first international guests of the season to his Suites of the Gods resort on Santorini, Greece's most popular holiday island.
A few of his staff of 30 would be serving poolside cocktails as guests drink in the island's famous sunset, his hotel becoming a little busier every day as summer approaches, bringing 2 million visitors to Santorini's cliff-edged shores.
"The situation now is at zero, nothing is moving. How will tourists get here without airplanes? In a submarine?" says Chahine. Around him, the whitewashed buildings of Fira, the island's main settlement, are a ghost town.
With tourism paralyzed by the coronavirus pandemic, Chahine has cut his staff to just eight and fears the season will be much worse than even 2015, when Greece was forced to close its banks and impose capital controls to avoid bankruptcy.

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