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Zoning Law Continues to Spark Reactions

Disputes in regards to the content of the planned zoning law for tourism was expressed recently by the Greek Urban and Land Planners Association who made proposals for its improvement.

The association claimed that an integrated concept and a tourism development proposal for the next 15 years is absent from the planned zoning law for tourism.

According to the association, the zoning law lacks basic rules of land planning as well as rules for the organization of tourism development with sustainable criteria in the context of the development process of all productive sectors.

The association considers that the diversification of tourism from private holidays must remain clear, both for planning, environmental, budgetary and financial reasons.

Also, 34 parliament members of the opposition political party recently argued that the planned zoning law for tourism fails to solve Greek tourism’s basic problems, such as the small number of overnights per visitor and the need to extend the tourism season from three months to more than six.

In addition, Greece’s association of architects called for the withdrawal of the planned zoning law for tourism.

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Nikos is Greek-American born in New York, USA, and has lived in Greece for over 30 years. He is the managing editor of Greece's leading monthly travel and tourism guide, the Greek Travel Pages (GTP) since June 2008 and of news site GTP Headlines since its launch in September 2012. Nikos has also served as international press officer for the City of Athens and for the mayor. He has a degree in Mass Media and Communications, specializing in Journalism. Nikos is a native English speaker and speaks Greek fluently.

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