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Crete’s Hersonissos Innovates with ‘Local Passport’ for Repeat Visitors

The Northern Crete municipality of Hersonissos has taken a bold step introducing this week the “Local Passport” granted to repeat visitors or to those wishing to get married there.

The Hersonissos Municipality’s Tourism, Culture and Employment unit is rewarding repeat visitors and friends of the region as well as those aiming to get married there with a local passport which will provide a series of benefits through its loyalty program.

“Privileges” offered to Hersonissos Local Passport holders include discounts and special promotions provided by local businesses, hotels, transport companies, taxis, agencies and organizations.

Shops and local ventures supporting the initiative will do so through their respective websites, will be listed on the municipality’s site, and will also have the special “Hersonissos Municipality Local Passport Partner – Friends, Welcome Here” sticker indicating their participation.

In the meantime, passport holders will be able to keep up to date with the latest news and promotions through the municipality’s website on

“With the Local’s Passport the local authority is demonstrating its appreciation, gratitude and respect to all those who choose ‘Destination Hersonissos’ – from Amnissos to Malia – for their vacation, relaxation, and recreation, as well as the location to exchange vows, the eternal promise of love, and mark the beginning of their common life,” said Hersonissos Mayor Yiannis Mastorakis.

The passport will include a photo and information of the holder and aims, according to Deputy Hersonissos Tourism Minister Efthimios Mountrakis, who is behind the idea, to make all those travelers who return to Hersonissos “to feel at home… that we view them as our people, as equals”.

Founded in 2014, the Hersonissos municipality’s tourism, culture and employment department has repeatedly been awarded for its innovative initiatives including its best practices policy for loyal visitors, its free entry card – Free Pass – for bloggers and journalists, and for its the job openings site

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