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Lonely Greece: Where are all the tourists?

Last updated on: June 11, 2012 09:27 IST

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The Greek financial crisis is making news as it now hobbles toward its third year. Everyone is now watching to see how Greece will handle its financial crisis and what the European Union plans to do to contain, control, or ease the situation.

As expected, most industries have been badly. One sector to take setback is the tourism industry. According to a Reuters report, tourism, which slumped by 25 per cent in 2009-2010 only to rebound last year, is crucial to Greece's economy, accounting for 15 per cent of its output and one in five jobs in a country where unemployment has hit a record high of 21 per cent.

Greece's sandy resorts, crystal blue waters and ancient temples remain popular, are still popular, but there are very takers. Click here to see how Greece's tourists are fast disappearing:

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Image: A tourist sits on a sunbed on the beach of the Olympia Riviera resort in the town of Killini, some 285 kms southwest of Athens
Photographs: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

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A maid makes a bed in a suite at the Kinsterna Hotel in Agios Stefanos near Monemvasia, some 300 kms south of Athens.

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A tourist walks by the closed Esperia Palace Hotel in Athens, a victim of the economic crisis in Greece.

The graffiti reads 'closed forever'.

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Photographs: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters
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Foreign tourists eat on a restaurant terrace in the medieval castle of Monemvasia.

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No man's land: A maid makes a bed in a suite at the Kinsterna Hotel in Agios Stefanos near Monemvasia, south of Athens.

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Sleepy town: General view of old Monemvasia town from atop the medieval fortres.

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A quiet holiday: Tourists are seen on the beach opposite the 'Rock of Monemvasia'.

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Photographs: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters
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Lost sheen: Tasia Livieratou stands in her silverware and jewllery workshop inside the medieval castle of Monemvasia.

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Serves your right: Nikos Kaplanis, a waiter in the Mandola Rosa suites and villas at the Olympia Riviera resort in the town of Killini, carries a tray of drinks to customers.

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Lonely waters: A Russian tourist at the Olympia Riviera resort in the town of Killini, southwest of Athens.

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Calling all the shoppers: Theodoros Konstas, 53, smokes a cigarette as he stands by his shop inside the medieval castle of Monemvasia, May 29, 2012. Konstas has a woodcraft shop and he is pessimistic about the financial situation in Greece.

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The last few: Tourists are seen by one of the pools of Olympia Riviera resort in the town of Kyllini some 285 kms southwest of Athens.

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Shopper's Paradise? Paraskevas Christoforakis, 35, stands by his shop inside the medieval castle of Monemvasia.

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Sundowner: A Greek flag flutters as the sun sets framed by palm trees on the beach front of Olympia Riviera resort in the town of Killini, southwest of Athens.

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The perfect strike: Tourists play tennis in front of a TUI banner that reads 'That's how holidays should be' at the Olympia Riviera resort in the town of Killini, some 285 kms southwest of Athens.

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Cast away: Tourists take photos inside the medieval castle of Monemvasia.

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Walking with the times: A Belgian tourist walks atop the medieval fortress of Monemvasia in front of the 12th century church of Agia Sophia.

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Tingle those taste buds: Ilias Kakouris, 38, executive chef in the Thalasso and Mandola Rosa suites and villas at the Olympia Riviera resort in the town of Killini, decorates a plate in the kitchen.

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Foreign tourists are seen in a small bay in the town of Monemvasia.

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Katerina Marazioti, assistant housekeeping manager in Mandola Rosa suites and villas at the Olympia Riviera resort, adjusts the jacuzzi water pressure in the honeymoon villa in the town of Killini, some 285 kms southwest of Athens.

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Raising the bar: Anna Traiforou, 38, sits outside her bar inside the medieval castle of Monemvasia.

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Vassilis Vassilakis, 34, prepares drinks at the bar of the Olympia Oasis Hotel at the Olympia Riviera resort in the town of Killini, some 285 kms southwest of Athens.

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A woman sits outside her tavern in the medieval castle of Monemvasia.

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Water therapy: A German tourist is seen on the beach of the Olympia Riviera resort in the town of Killini, some 285 kms southwest of Athens.

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A foreign tourist walks on an alleyway inside the medieval castle of Monemvasia.

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Indian masseuses stand by a pool in the spa of the Olympia Riviera resort in the town of Killini, some 285 kms southwest of Athens.

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A seafood platter is seen by the pool of the Mandola Rosa suites and villas at the Olympia Riviera resort in the town of Killini, southwest of Athens.

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Exterior view of the closed Acropol hotel in central Athens.

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Tourists are seen on the beach near the town of Kyllini some 285 kms southwest of Athens.


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