Our ‘national industry’ needs protection

[InTime News]

Greece is a nation of exaggerators who easily swing from one extreme to the other. During the economic crisis, we sang the praises of tourism as the country's main engine of growth. Now we've gone to the other extreme, talking only of the - real - problem of overtourism. We have shone a spotlight on the problem of illegal sunbeds and umbrellas on the country's beaches and other encroachments on public space, but we should not go to the other extreme of condemning every hotel sun lounger. As usual, the truth lies somewhere in the middle.

Here at Kathimerini, we feel it is our duty to put the discussion on a practical and rational footing; it is a debate that we ourselves initiated some time ago. So, what do we mean when we refer to "overtourism"?

• Disproportionate construction and development in specific areas, without the benefit of serious studies into their impact...

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