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Mykonos Sets Groundwork for Sustainable Tourism Development

Little Venice on Mykonos island, Greece.

Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias on Tuesday presented to Mykonos Mayor Konstantinos Koukas the findings and conclusions of a study for the sustainable tourism development of the Greek island.

More specifically, the report conducted by the ministry indicates 15 key areas where actions must be taken towards sustainable development that will protect the environment and the island’s unique characteristics and reputation, and will ensure the effective management of tourist demand with the overall aim to attract higher quality tourists.

Mykonos Mayor Konstantinos Koukas and  Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias

During the meeting, also attended by the municipality’s tourism department and the island’s hotelier association, Koukas highlighted the importance of securing funding for the projects and discussed necessary projects, including:

– the completion of an island spatial plan,
– infrastructure upgrades,
– integrated waste and water resources management,
– controls on cruise tourism,
– and addressing traffic.

“Our common goal is to implement a successful sustainable tourism development model on Mykonos, focused on the comparative advantages of the island,” said Kikilias.

“Mykonos is a very popular destination worldwide and is at the core of our strategic decision to make Greece a model of sustainable tourism development,” he added.

Koukas and Kikilias agreed to present the full agenda of projects as well as the priorities to island stakeholders during a special day event in the coming weeks.


The island’s mayor stressed that as a leading global tourist destination, Mykonos plays a significant part in maintaining Greece’s international image and also referred to the island’s contribution to national tourism revenues.

Koukas went on to add that that the time had come with the collaboration of the state to implement a “holistic sustainability plan for the island with actions and not words”.

“I am sure that with the help of the state, but also with the support of the local community, policies and actions will be encouraged to address issues that have existed for decades, upgrade existing infrastructure, protect the environment, and create a better quality of life for residents and visitors,” the island’s mayor said.

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  1. James Reply

    For such a wealthy island, the infrastructure is third world. Sewage runs into the sea at Magali Ammos and Platis Yialos for years and years when the pumps fail. There is litter all over the island, nothing is done to clear it. Rubbish collection is basic, over full skips, rubbish dumped on the ground by the islanders themselves!
    Aside from the above, the Mayors inability to stand up to the taxi drivers and allow far more taxi licences. It’s an absolute joke trying to get a taxi in low to high season.

  2. Hash Reply

    And I can show you all the same things being said year in year out!! Sounds nice doesn’t it!….I lived in Mykonos for many years I know it very well.

  3. Ann Tune Reply

    Over the past 18 years, I’ve visited Mykonos in June and again in September each year and I’m shocked and dismayed at how the island has deteriorated in its cleanliness and amounts of waste and rubbish on roadsides and generally in the streets of Mykonos Town. Could you not appoint volunteers to walk the island and take away rubbish which has accumulated. Also, I have seen building materials left on construction sites which destroys the views and illustrates Mykonos into a waste land which is not what residents of the island wishes to portray. This is a beautiful island – please keep it looking beautiful.

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