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7/29/14 10:08 A

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There was a very inspiring blog about Greeks who used to work for the State who have started private businesses, snail farms, cheese makers, tomato farmers... unfortunately for the "educated," to look forward, you have to step backwards sometimes. These are businesses that can grow, that are already exporting to France, Japan and other countries. We need to learn to play it smart.

When I was thinking of going back to Greece and opening some sort of sweets business that sells American type goods like brownies and cheesecakes, I did my research... there are 12 bakeries for every 200 people in Greece and a lot of these sort of shops close down. Even with interpreting, they tend to use interpreters overseas, from the country of origin so that the OTHER company and not the Greek one will have to pay for the interpreter or translator's service... Do you know how many times I've gone back home for free because of this?

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7/29/14 8:02 A

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I agree ulie. I can see from the halia of Rhodes. They rely on tourism and not much else.
There are so many things they could do by going back to basics as you mention.
I have seen it time and again that when no tourists arrive, things get very tough for everyone.
kaimen ellada mou. Poso ipofereis...

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7/15/14 7:49 A

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It's good news, but it's unfortunate that tourism is only one sector and cannot feed the whole of Greek society. The thing is that there have been too many of us back home that had relied on getting jobs in either the tourist industry or the public sector, and it was imminent that the bubble would burst in that respect.

My family back home relies on tourism for their living, I have cousins who own small hotels and restaurants on Kos, and I can tell you what I've heard and seen from back home. The part of the tourist industry that is doing well is the large, all inclusive resort. This is not conducive to the improvement on the town and village life if these tourists never leave the resort, except for a small bus tour for photographs at the end of their stay.

What Greece needs is a boom in the tech fields, kids need to become more interested in STEM fields. People need to source funding for data companies and the like. Engineers can get together and market clean energy (solar and wind) to places like England and Germany.

The other thing I have seen in some of the more successful places back home is a return to the basics. There are many people that have gone back to farming, cheese making, wine production and olive oil production, these places have prospered.

Greece can have a wonderful, modern future, I just don't see too many people investing in anything other than tourism and hospitality. I find this ridiculously sad.

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7/7/14 2:04 P

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This article below is quite up-lifting. It talks about the tourist sector having it's best year ever. Greece is attracting tourists in massive numbers, as stated in the article, because of our increasing stabilization and (sadly) unrest is other previous touristy areas such as Egypt and Turkey.

Also exciting to me is the fact that my friends' son got a job. He is an educated 25 year old man, and was looking for a job for over a year. He is not doing exactly what he wanted, but it is awfully close, and a real boost to his confidence and to the families hope for the future of Greece.

I love Greece so much. I hate to think of it's citizen's suffering. But, when I go to the free beach and see them packed with people, instead of getting frustrated, I feel happy, knowing that even if 75% of Greeks aren't going "on vacation" (although this number decreases when considering trips to the villages for a few weeks), they are at least enjoying the beautiful opportunity to swim in the beautiful seas!

I encourage you to take a glance at the article below and wish you all a great day!!! XO Julie
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http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/ju
l/03/greece-tourism-template-economic-
recovery

Edited by: JPAGGEO at: 7/7/2014 (14:14)
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