We all know the story about Greece since we are inundated by the main stream media every day of how Greece is going to sink the global economy and that it is selling islands to raise cash; nonsense. Greece is a survivor and as it has over the Millenniums it will rise again to regain its title as the shining star of the Europe Union. There is no destination like Greece any where in the world and as more and more people discover this, Greece will soon enough surpass many if not all destinations within Europe by the next Decade.
The Greek shores are world-famous and exceedingly popular because they are known for their crystal clean and clear waters, as well as for their unique diversity. The visitor has the opportunity to enjoy beaches stretching along over many kilometers, sheltered bays and coves, golden stretches of sand with dunes, pebble beaches, coastal caves with steep rocks and dark sand typical of volcanic soil. In 2007, 428 beaches and 5 marinas in Greece were awarded the “Blue Flag”, a figure that places the country in second place among 49 other countries.
Tourism means everything to Greece since it is one of the main drivers of their economy and the main vehicle that will lift them out of the nightmare they currently find themselves. As reported in the UK Guardian Today "Tourism accounts for one in five jobs and almost 18% of GDP, and the socialist government has given the sector special emphasis in the hope that it will help kickstart the battered Greek economy". The government has recently undertaken some bold steps to give the vital Greek Tourism Industry a boost as we reported on June 09 in our post TOURISM & THE GREEK ECONOMY "The lifting of visa restrictions for non-EU citizens from Turkey, China and India has also added to the influx. Russian visitors are expected to exceed 500,000 this year, an increase of 50% over 2010."
Now if only the Greek Government can create an investment environment to attract capital from around the world to help get Greece back on its course to being the crown jewel of the Mediterranean.
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