The Ministry of Tourism will immediately invite interest for the execution of infrastructure projects related to tourism and the sustainability of key destinations within the next three to four weeks, Minister Vassilis Kikilias says in an interview with Kathimerini.
They concern projects in ports and marinas, jetties and moorings, but also the infrastructure at ski resorts, on mountain trails, waste management, sewage and parking lots.
This is a significant part of the 39 projects selected as vital to relieve tourism-burdened destinations such as Athens and Santorini, but also other areas whose development has rendered the existing infrastructure obsolete.
He also expresses moderate optimism that 2023 will evolve into a record year for tourism, which will significantly surpass the performance of 2019 – a performance matched last year, despite the fact that the first months of 2022 were affected by the pandemic and the war in Ukraine.
On the crucial question of his long-term strategy for tourism, Kikilias answers clearly: “I want more tourists, but I also want visitors with greater added value for the economy all year round and across the country’s 13 regions.”