Cultural Impacts: Since Greececulture is a very strong part of Santorini, especially since it is such afamous tourist destination. One of the motives of tourists is to go to Greeceto experience how is it like to be in Greece, learn their etiquette and eatGreek typical food. Moreover, as it known that Greece is the birthplace ofWestern culture but also the democracy, they introduced many things into thesociety in general, including the government by the residents, trial by juryand equality under laws.
Greek culture played a large role in Western art,poetry, history and comedy as is started from Greece. These cultural impactsare an important part of both modern and past aspects of Greek culture. Social Impacts: Culture isprobably getting lost due to the great influx of people from other cultures. Thereis a possibility for disputation among locals for land used for tourismpurposes. Can lead to immigration toGreece or could cause immigration from Greek people to other places.Friendships are formed and social connections also, because of the variousbusinesses-hotels, restaurants and activities that exists in Santorini fromlocals. Economic Impacts: Like more othertourist destinations, tourism played huge role in the economy of the place andfor the income that the locals have. The unique characteristics of the housesbut also the volcano, the view of the ocean and many other attractions, bringsmany tourists that want to spend money to experience this, and therefore bringsincome to the locals.
That can be characterized as a positive impact of theeconomy. On the other hand, the great influx of tourists onto a small island,can be a great annoyance and pain to the locals. These large numbers ofvisitors can affect the natural resources of the island, and therefore affectthe economy in a negative way. Environmental Impacts The environment isaffected negatively of the new infrastructure that include hotels, tourismattractions and shops to satisfy the needs of the tourists. This developmentcan lead to destruction of many of the native plans and animal’s habitats.
Ofcourse, the development of hotels and accommodation generally affectspositively the economy but it destroys the natural beauty. Santorini is avolcanic island, and therefore earthquakes is a great concern for the safetyindicators. The last huge earthquake in 1956, damaged parts of hotels andtourist attractions but also a slight damage of reputation. Once ‘safe’desination created doubt in potential tourist’s mind if is a safe place tovisit. Sustainability Santorini is having lack ofsustainable resources because of the large amount of tourists. More tourismrequires more space for accommodation.
That leads to pollution problems eitherfor their transportation either for their wastes. Greece is not veryfinancially wealthy to support new sustainable practices. Parts of the islandis overpopulated and the prices are going even higher.