Good morning, have a good, slow, month.
It’s September and summer is officially over but that does not mean that there are no more visitors on the island. Some of the holiday companies have a very busy month in front of them with mainly visitors from England. A lot of Greeks have left to go home and get ready for the start of the school season.
Official numbers will appear for sure to show how many people have arrived from Thessaloniki with the Flying Cat4. It’s evident that many people took the opportunity to visit the Sporades this way. It did not do any harm that Skopelos was the first port of call too. The last trip the boat is making will be on Monday the fifth.
Elios was very busy this year with hotels with new management personnel. Businesses have opened like the new cafe/beach bar on the corner of the Elios/Hovolo beach. People who own rooms, studios and apartment are still using local websites but also use big organizations like Booking.com, Airbnb and Trivago to let their property and this way they are exposed to a much bigger audience and can be competitive and get clients in and they came this year.
People from all over the world visit Skopelos. An impression from this year is that they are from Eastern Europe; Romania, Serbia etc. From South Africa, Australia, Poland, France, Italy, Austria and don’t forget Scandinavia and England and the Netherlands.
The amount of days that most businesses here make money is comparatively low with the available days that they could make money. On Skopelos we have all the resources to make the season longer. The accommodations, the businesses, the nature, the sea, the beaches, the paths, the forest, the weather etc.
Because events in the world change how people travel and want to spend their holiday the holidays season on Skopelos is different every year and that is a positive thing I (Daphne) think.
You have to be more flexible and cater well for the holiday makers that use your accommodation or business. Quality is what people are looking for and Skopelos can provide it if they keep making the effort.
If only the season was a little bit longer. The months that are not so hot are excellent for slow tourism. I have been reading up on it and a definition of slow tourism is: an extension of the slow food movement that began in Italy in the 1980s, invites tourists to explore a destination at a reduced pace while aiming at an environmentally sustainable and locally focused experience. Greece is still considered a laggard in the slow-tourism sector.
Professor Guttorm Fløistad summarises the philosophy, he says: “The only thing for certain is that everything changes. The rate of change increases. If you want to hang on you better speed up. That is the message of today. It could however be useful to remind everyone that our basic needs never change. The need to be seen and appreciated! It is the need to belong. The need for nearness and care, and for a little love! This is given only through slowness in human relations. In order to master changes, we have to recover slowness, reflection and togetherness. There we will find real renewal.
I totally agree with Professor Guttorm Fløistad and wonder will Skopelos ever embrace this kind of tourism that fits so well with the island and might be the thing that Skopelos will be famous for in a couple of years? I am not sure. A joint effort is needed and that is not a sure thing here on the island.
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