A structured spatial planning framework for tourism, efficiently linking tourism with the primary sector, the stayover tax, simplifying licensing procedures and laying out the operational framework for ski resorts, thermal spa facilities and campgrounds were the issues covered by Minister of State Alekos Flambouraris during the the 16th Conference on tourism and development organized by the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE) this week.
Speaking at the conference dinner on Monday, Flambouraris focused on the need to proceed with a well-thought-out spatial planning scheme that will be implemented ahead of investments with the aim to ensure the standard of living of local communities, economic gains and protect the environment.
He noted that tourism must now tap into local production, inviting hoteliers and tourism professionals to promote local products – an integral part of the identity of each Greek destination – that will in turn serve as branding opportunities.
Referring to the controversial stayover tax, he said it was vital to meet the country’s obligations while imposing the least possible burden on hotel businesses and to strive towards increasing tourism rather than reducing it.
On a final note, the minister underlined the need to ensure the legal operation of campsites and tourism operations, simplify the procedures for setting up and operating tourism-related businesses, clarify the technical and functional specifications for the operation of specialized facilities and finalize tourism legislation that will effectively address problem areas.
SETE’s 16th conference, titled “Greek Tourism: The Perfect Balancing Act”, focused on the ways the sector can contribute to environmental, economic and social sustainability.
The Greek Travel Pages (GTP) was a communication sponsor.