Attracting investments with the aim of establishing a strong tourism brand through the upgrade of facilities and services is the focus of a spatial plan submitted by the Eastern Macedonia-Thrace Region and set to be published in the Government Gazette.
The region’s spatial scheme sets out four key areas of development with a 15-year outlook and foresees the establishment of large tourist units in the wider areas of Alexandroupoli, Kavala, on the island of Thassos, and along coastal areas of the Maroneia Municipality in the Rodopi prefecture.
Interventions and projects include the upgrade of port infrastructure at Nea Iraklitsa, the development of wine tourism and the protection of natural habitats in the areas of Vrasidas, Nea Iraklitsa and Nea Peramos.
Special emphasis has been given to the protection of coastal areas which are currently undergoing tourism development.
More specifically, the four areas covered by the region’s spatial plan are: the area west of Alexandroupoli to the beach of Dikellon; the coastal zone from the archaeological site of Mesimvria-Zone to the beach and the wider archaeological zone of Maroneia; the coastal belt from Maroneia Beach to the port of Imeros; and the coastal zone from the archaeological site of Nea Peramos to the estuary of the Strymon River.
The plan also provides for alternative tourism destinations which include the Eastern Macedonia-Thrace and Evros Delta National Parks with a focus on “nature tourism” and the protection of the islands of Thassos and Samothraki.