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Tuesday, 16 November 2021

Greece: Mykonos and Santorini to become sustainable tourism destinations

According to Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias, the Greek Ministry of Tourism is preparing a special study to establish more sustainable tourism practices for the country's two tourism "family brands": Mykonos and Santorini.

In an interview with the Greek newspaper VIMA, Kikilias said the study follows the government's goal of making Greece a sustainable tourism destination. Enjoyed this post? Never miss out on future posts by following us.

"This study will capture the current situation on the two islands in terms of tourist arrivals, tourism products offered and their infrastructure, with the aim of transforming them from" overcrowded island peak season population "turns into a 'sustainable development pattern'", he said.

Regarding the performance of tourism in Greece so far, the minister said that in the eight-month period from January to August, the country received a 79.2% increase in arrivals with an increase in tourism revenue. 135.7% year-on-year, 50.0% of revenue in 2019. He added, in August, revenue was 75.8% over the same period in 2019.

In addition, Kikilias said that hotel occupancy rates in September exceeded 65% nationally, while in October there was a significant displacement of tourists in the Greek mountain destinations, thanks to tourism. domestic tourists.

Referring to this month, the Minister noted that some Greek tourist attractions continue to receive visitors, leading to the conclusion that the city's tourism is gradually recovering.

Regarding this year's revenue, the Minister said he expects this year to end with sales of over 10 billion euros, much higher than the initial forecast of 56 billion euros.

Regarding next year's tourist season, the Minister said that it is still early to make a forecast, the first signs are positive, he has reached a conclusion after discussing and reaching agreement with airlines and companies tour operators at recent international travel fairs in Paris and London. 

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