The Greek Tourism Ministry will set up a working group that will proceed with the establishment of a National Observatory for Sustainable Tourism Development.
The announcement was made on Tuesday, after the signing of a relevant decision by Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis.
Sustainable tourism observatories gather and report data on the environmental impact of tourism to provide input for sustainable tourism policies.
According to the announcement, the working group will consist of seven senior Tourism Ministry officials, tourism experts and academics.
During the next few months, the working group will:
- Gather information for the development of an indicator system on sustainable tourism,
- Submit a proposal for the development of a registration and information system based on secondary data and indicators including key tourism figures,
- Gather tourism and other data for the analysis of trends on a local, regional, national and international level, that will enable timely decision-making for the management and promotion of Greece as a destination on a national and regional level,
- Draw up a plan for the identification of areas that fulfill the criteria for the establishment of observatories based on the methodology of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO),
- Submit proposals and guidelines for the development of information systems that will facilitate sustainable tourism development and the transformation of the country’s tourism destinations.
The working group is expected to complete the first four actions by February 28 and the fifth by April 13.