More specifically, tourism and environment ministers Harry Theoharis and Kostis Hadjidakis approved the site details for the three-section marina to be constructed on Elounda Bay at Agios Nikolaos.
Expected to boost tourism activity and revenue in the area, the marina, which is part of a larger environmentally-friendly luxury tourism project, will be able to handle bigger recreational vessels and superyachts. Other plans include the creation of a boardwalk along the coast.
Budgeted at 410 million euros and set to create at least 960 jobs, the ambitious project will be carried out by Mirum Hellas and will also include the construction of holiday homes, a five-star 200-bed hotel, and holiday villas.
Once completed, the venture is expected to create at least 350 permanent jobs and multiple seasonal employment positions.
Mirum Hellas belongs to Russian-interest Mirum Group owned by Vitaly Borisov, who is its CEO.
The three-section multipurpose marina will include the administrative and operations area (port authority, customs, medical office, warehouses etc), boat passenger accommodation center, and lastly, the visitor area complete with restaurants, recreation areas, parking spaces etc.
“The creation of such a large and modern boat marina, perfectly harmonized with the natural environment but also with the standards of sustainable development, is undoubtedly a breath of fresh air. It will upgrade the wider area and the island of Crete in general, attracting even more higher-income tourists,” the tourism ministry said in a statement.
Mirum Group is one of the few international companies in Greece that has been included into the procedures of the strategic investments (Law N. 3894/2010), providing for fast track permitting and other benefits for the project.