My Sister has just returned from Corfu after going back for many years she says that the locals are finding it hard as visitors are down in previous years and they are very worried. Lets face it it's the thing that we have loved about the Greeks that has led to this problem and although I am also feeling the pinch it will not stop me going in two weeks and hoping that things will start to look up in the School holidays and I will carry on going year after year no matter what as I adore the Greek way of live and the people.
Message posted by Sid Ari on 26áJuneá2011 at 1:54pm - IP Logged
Corfu has had some real boom years and lots of tourist money has passed through a lot of fingers but NOTHING seems to have gone back in to better the island. I remember days when you HAD to book at certain restaurants if you wanted to eat there and having to squeeze into bars packed with people. Chickens, home and roost spring to mind.
Message posted by stuart d hill on 26áJuneá2011 at 2:49pm - IP Logged
This is the problem for so long the Greeks have frittered their money away through the back door and they are unable to sustain the infrastructure required for today not to mention on top of this the impact of joining the euro, they now have no mechanism available to them to correct their issues. All we can do is keep going and supporting our favourite island but because we are having our own problems we can't spend what we used to. Its a viscious circle now!
Message posted by chrysilla on 26áJuneá2011 at 3:21pm - IP Logged
N E Coast doesn't seem to be worried. Places still working well and looking good. Certainly some of the above comments about up dating and re-investing in the business are valid but do find that too much doom and gloom comments not helpful. These same things were being said in the boom years accompanied with lots of tutting and shaking of heads. Nobody will ever admit their business is doing well the taxman will be at their door tomorrow!!! Corfu with all the loyal support will come through.
Quote: Originally posted by chrysilla on 26áJuneá2011
I have heard the opposite, tourism in Corfu is up 25 to 30% this year, and I've noticed far more activity in town and about, compared to last year and the year before. So whom to believe?
Our landlord is an insurance agent here, most of his customers are hotels, restaurants, etc. and he's the one who gave me these stats.
I hope this is true for your landlord Chrysilla but, personally, we've seen nothing like that. The taverna we use has been empty by 10.45pm and that is one of the most popular. We were in a taverna down south on Friday for lunch and we were the only people in there. We were in town the week before that, on the Liston, and there were very few tourists about.
We have seen with our own eyes how much quieter it is here on the whole than in previous years.
Going by some of the articles in the UK press recently and also by some of the posts caused by them on here eg 'Will Corfu be closed when I get here?' I'm not surprised.
The island is still up and running folks! Please visit.
I think the reason some people think tourisim is up in Corfu is because they count the people arriving on the planes but has been stated in other posts this includes all the people going on the cruise ships who just land and take off in Corfu but do not stay. Have been to a few resorts in the last few weeks and all of them seem quieter than usual, lets hope things get better for the next couple of months
Message posted by janmanessi on 26áJuneá2011 at 6:30pm - IP Logged
Many hotels in this part of the island are still closed, and some do not intend to open even in August!
Benitses has been livelier for the past week- and the rise in Greek tourists is noticeable- another argument for the island reclaiming its Greekness as a selling point!
Yes SidAri- money was spent in the old days as fast as it was made, irresponsible, yes, but can you blame people for wanting a modicum of comfort in their homes and educate their children. When I first came many people spent the summer literally in sheds so as to rent out their homes and children left school many of them with few if any qualifications, particularly girls.
Message posted by blue owl on 26áJuneá2011 at 9:21pm - IP Logged
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