Since the island is mountainous and arid, the majority of its inhabitants
used to be employed in the sponge industry, shipping, fishing, shepherding and
very small-scale farming. Nowadays the majority is engaged in tourism, commerce
and crafts, such as carpentry and boat building.
This text (extract) is cited November 2003 from the Municipality of Symi tourist pamphlet.
Half of the current active population is engaged in the building industry, as well as in commerce and tourism including restaurants, hotels and transport. At present, tourism in Symi is dependent on daily visitors who come from Rhodes and visitors who stay in Symi for a couple of days. Symiots who live abroad visit Symi for their vacations during the summer months as well. The duration of the season lasts 7 months (April - October). High season lasts three months July - September. A few number of people are engaged in agriculture, farming and fishery. Boat building and wood carving (furniture, decorative motives in interior architecture) flourished in the past. Nowadays two small boat - yards are operating mainly for the construction and repair of the fishing boats.
This text is cited May 2005 from the Municipality of Symi URL below, which contains images
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