A Libération correspondent walked around the center of Athens, describing the financial situation of the stores in the Greek capital. The journalist writes that tourist shops selling mostly souvenirs “are in great recession.”
The article is entitled “Athens, Melancholy of Souvenir Merchants,” and hosts comments and statements of central store owners who are struggling with the financial crisis and its repercussions.
A former Greek businessman named Hronis told the French editor that he had to leave his souvenir store because the owner of the building refused to reduce the rent.
“Tourists used to leave our stores with bags full of Greek souvenirs. Now, they ask the price and reply saying ‘We’ll think about it,’ ‘I’ll come back later,’” mentions the Greek businessmen in downtown Athens.
“About 15 million tourists visit Greece per year, especially during the summer, although this number could have been 30 million,” adds a businessman, while another one predicts that, “now that we have a government, stability will follow.”