According to a meeting between Culture Minister Lina Mendoni and tourism professionals, the plan is expected to go into effect in the next months, most likely on September 1, and after a pilot run be fully implemented in the spring of 2024.
In this direction, the ministry said that it was carrying out a study with the input of tourism professionals and guides.
The zoning plan aims to ease visitor traffic at the Acropolis which has reached 23,000 people a day. According to study findings and to expert recommendations, the goal is to keep visitor numbers at 21,000 a day in order to protect the UNESCO World Heritage site.
The pilot plan foresees the creation of four hourly visitor zones from 8am to noon allowing the admission to the Acropolis of 8,000 people. The report notes that approximately 50 percent of all visitors chose morning hours to visit the archeological site.
An addition, eight hourly zones will be created from noon to 8pm allowing the admission of 13,000 visitors. The zoning program also foresees special category visits.
It should be noted that the hourly zones does not apply to people with disabilities, who will be able to visit as long as they wish.
Underlining the importance of the protecting the site and facilitating tourist visits as it “contributes to the competitiveness of the tourist product and to the national economy”, Mendoni added “that the integrated protection of the monument does not allow the daily limit of visitors to exceed 20,000 people“.