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Svoronou, Eleni

Eleftherotypia, Greece

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Eleftherotypia - Greece | 29/07/2014

Don't sell off Greece's beaches

After months of popular resistance the Greek government has withdrawn for revision a draft law on the privatisation of beaches that would have made it significantly easier to put up buildings along the coastline. Author Eleni Svoronou shares her qualms about the initiative in the left-liberal daily Eleftherotypia: "It's the combination of clean beaches, traditional villages, archaeological sites, forests and a large biodiversity that makes our landscape what it is and sets Greece apart from Turkey, Italy, Spain and other Mediterranean countries. ... If holiday destinations are all made to look the same and you can no longer tell whether you're on a coast in Greece or Spain, visitors simply won't have the same quality of experience. ... Perhaps we'll attract all-inclusive tourists who just stick to their hotels. ... The tourism revenues may go up. But what will happen in the long term?"

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