The stats are in and confirm suspicions that the growth business in Skopelos is summer vehicle rentals. In the period January – July 2017 new cars sales in Greece are up 18.3 % and six out of ten new passenger cars sold since the beginning of the year were purchased by car rental companies.
The booming demand for rental cars is naturally good news for the local offices though most must deal with customers shopping around before their visit and making on-line deals for the best (cheapest) prices. Less rental profit per car per company might demand more cars per company to rent.
In Skopelos the result of all this is a clogged port area for most of the mornings and evenings as renters and owners alike vie for limited parking space. It is a bit ridiculous that a family housed near the ring road with a 10 minute walk to the port, opts instead to hop in the car to drive 5 minutes to the port and then spent 15 minutes looking for a place to leave it.
However they apply locally, the numbers from the Hellenic Statistical Authority ought to be a “heads up” for the department in the Municipality which does long range planning. Will the island continue to make believe that everything is OK during July-August or make creative plans to deal with what promises to be an even greater problem in the future?