A letter from frequent visitors of Kardamena……
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Letter to the Mayor of Kardamena 4th July 2013
Dear Mr. Mayor
It is with a heavy heart we write to you about the current situation in the village of Kardamena. We first visited Kardamena in 1987 and fell in love with the village, its people and the Island, and we have continued out love affair with Kardamena returning on holiday twice a year for a 2 week vacation each time.
We have been devastated by the decline of the village this year in particular. Where there were once beautiful shops, nice bars and restaurants there are now empty premises and quite frankly it is an eyesore for the first time visitors to Kardamena. We feel this devastation has arisen due to the exceedingly large number of All Inclusive Hotels that surround the village. Whilst we acknowledge there is a need for this type of holiday we feel the overkill far far outweighs the necessity for this type of holiday experience, as there are many people who still prefer the freedom to choose where they stay and where they eat and drink. There are many small fine hotels and apartments who do not have the money or the clout to promote themselves and we feel that you and your Council are failing the good people of Kardamena.
Having talked to guests in our hotel and around the village they too feel that more needs to be done to promote the excellent facilities n the village and there are people who like us come back year after year to our small, friendly, family run hotel. This loyalty you will not get from All Inclusive Hotel guests.
We now ask you and the Council to ask yourselves are you doing enough to help your people – our opinion would be no. Therefore it is now time for you to take control, promote the village of Kardamena and put a stop to the All Inclusives bleeding it dry.
Also, it is not made easy for people who are travelling independently to find flights at reasonable prices. Tour companies, especially TUI, only want to fill All Inclusive accommodation and therefore Flight Only is very expensive. It is easier and cheaper to travel to other Greek Island as they have many more low cost airlines flying to them. Perhaps you and the Council should address this problem before the independent traveller looks elsewhere for their holidays.
On a final note, in 2007 we attended a Dance Festival in the village and at this event we were presented with a Certificate and local products on behalf of the Mayor of Heraklidon which made us immensely proud to be part of the village.
Maureen and David Gibbons