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Hydra, Lemnos, Tourism growth, Attitude, Perception
Many Greek islands, like Crete, Rhodes, Corfu, Santorini and Mykonos, are included among the most popular tourist destinations worldwide. For Greece and especially for its small islands, tourism constitutes a vital factor of development and prosperity. Our study is concentrated on two, not so popular, Greek islands (Hydra and Lemnos) with different characteristics and focuses on residents’ attitudes and perceptions about tourism development. Based on a sample of 400 residents of Hydra and Lemnos, we find that the economic parameters contribute significant on the perceptions’ formation about tourism development. We also find that there is a reduced perception about the negative affect of tourism on society and environment, especially when the income is directly depended from tourism.