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Investments in Iconic Projects Key to Greece’s Competitive Edge

Athens, Greece

Greece must focus on accelerating key infrastructure upgrades and particularly iconic projects that will bring added value to destinations if it wishes to make good on the reputation it built during the Covid-19 pandemic and remain highly competitive, a study released this week by INSETE, the Greek Tourism Confederation’s (SETE) research arm, found.

More specifically, according to research on public infrastructure investments that can contribute to tourism development carried out on SETE members in collaboration with GBR Consulting, Greece must proceed with the upgrade of the tourism product through a series of “vital” public works so as to contribute to the development of each destination as well as increase competitiveness.

The main focus, according to those polled, should be on public projects in digital technology, energy efficiency and infrastructure, among others.

Iconic projects

Photo source: INSETE

Rhodes. Photo source: INSETE

Included in these works are also iconic projects which will bring added value to destinations. Those polled named:

Santorini’s port.

Overall, with regard to infrastructure/investment projects that should be accelerated countrywide based on specific-to-destination needs, these are, according to tourism stakeholders surveyed:

  • airport extensions and modernizations;
  • port and marina upgrades;
  • road network and signage interventions;
  • connectivity projects linking transport hubs;
  • protection of coastal fronts;
  • flood protection works; and
  • projects to enhance the travel experience, including the creation of trail networks, walking and cycling routes, as well as improvements to archaeological and cultural sites.

Heraklion Airport

Some of the projects currently underway include Crete’s new international airport at Kastelli, the mixed-use redevelopment of an abandoned tower in the heart of Piraeus, and the urban regeneration of the inner-city Moschato-Tavros area, among others.

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Chicago-born and raised, Maria Paravantes has over two decades of journalistic experience covering tourism and travel, gastronomy, arts, music and culture, economy and finance, politics, health and social issues for international press and media. She has worked for Reuters, The Telegraph, Huffington Post, Billboard Magazine, Time Out Athens, the Athens News, Odyssey Magazine and, among others. She has also served as Special Advisor to Greece’s minister of Foreign Affairs, and to the mayor of Athens on international press and media issues. Maria is currently a reporter, content and features writer for GTP Headlines.

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