South Aegean to promote tourism.
Greek islands in the South Aegean region are clubbing together to promote more holiday tourism. Top of the agenda is to try and extend the tourist season and tempt more visitors to book holidays both earlier and later in the summer season. Talks have been held between South Aegean Region officials and the Tourism Ministry to promote the islands more effectively.
The region's vice governor Eleftheria Ftaklaki wants the Tourism Ministry and the Greek National Tourism Organization to provide incentives to tour operators to add additional travel packages to the islands.
The South Aegean region extends from Andros in the north to Rhodes and Santorini in the south and includes popular holiday islands like Kalymnos, Kos, Mykonos, Naxos and Paros.
Talks also included issues like speeding up visa applications and earlier publication of ferry routes and timetables so that early arrival holidaymakers are better able to plan their routes.
The South Aegean Region was recently selected to participate in the European Commission's pilot phase of the European Tourism Indicators System (ETIS) aimed at promoting sustainable tourism.
ETIS is designed to be used by tourism destinations to monitor, manage, measure and enhance their sustainability performances.
The South Aegean Region is the only approved Greek area participating in the ETIS pilot scheme although around 100 tourism destinations across Europe had expressed strong interest in taking part.