The Greek National Tourism Organisation (GNTO) has unveiled a new sustainability hub, shining a gentle on the unimaginable sustainability initiatives throughout the nation.
The vacation spot is making modifications to develop into as sustainable as potential and by highlighting among the wonderful initiatives, hopes to tell travellers on the numerous methods to go to Greece accountability, in addition to encourage different tourism suppliers.
From islands now powered by renewable vitality and plastic free, UNESCO safety for historic websites and cultural practices, roads dominated by electrical automobiles and bikes and locations made extra accessible for disabled travellers, to 3D printing utilizing ocean waste, luggage created from sails and invasive fish served in eating places – modern-day Greek heroes are remodeling the nation and its tourism sector.
Here is simply a snapshot of among the initiatives underway:
- The island of Astypalaia has shifted to electrical automobiles, changing 1,500 engine automobiles with 1,000 electrical ones, together with a new “ASTYBUS” electrical bus community. Visitors may also use a new electric-vehicle sharing service astyGO, renting electrical automobiles, e-scooters and e-bikes from an app.
- Tilos will develop into the primary island within the Mediterranean to be 100% vitality self-sufficient, utilizing photo voltaic and wind for vitality. Landfill is now not a difficulty, with greater than 80% of Tilos’ garbage now recycled.
- Paros is ready to develop into the first single-use plastic, waste-free island within the Med, by its pioneering initiative Clean Blue Paros with Common Seas.
- A “Pick the Alien” initiative from iSea has been launched by The Cyclades Preservation Fund and the Ionian Environmental Foundation in Paxoi, Corfu, Santorini, Naxos, Amorgos, which inspires native seafood markets, eating places and retailers to promote and devour invasive fish.
- Rhodes is carving out a new future for sustainable tourism in collaboration with TUI, to launch “The Rhodes Co-Lab”, the primary challenge of its form on this planet, created to discover how a tourism vacation spot can develop sustainability, each when it comes to preserving the atmosphere but in addition socially and economically, creating jobs and involving the area people.
Greece’s islands, cities and websites are trialling new initiatives and improvements and hope to develop into a blueprint for different locations to observe. In gentle of this, the hub will purpose to encourage not solely travellers, but in addition different Greek locations trying to remodel their tourism sector.
A helpful new software for the journey commerce, the hub will make clear a big selection of Greek tourism locations, a few of that are nonetheless comparatively undiscovered within the UK market, in addition to offering inspiration for new itineraries, significantly these centered on accountable journey.
Ms Sofia Zacharaki, Greek Deputy Minister who was current on the occasion commented: “Greece is home to some of the world’s most beautiful natural landscapes, deep-rooted ancient cultures and precious indigenous species, and it is our responsibility to make sure these are protected, whilst at the same time allowing locals and visitors to enjoy them. It is a big challenge, but one we are willing to tackle head on. It is so inspiring to see the work that is being put in to transform our tourism sector, and with policy changes, investment and prioritisation, focusing on diversification, sustainability and quality, we want to pave a new future for our country.”
Eleni Skarveli, Director GNTO UK & Ireland: “We’re seeing so many destinations across Greece, from tiny islands and major cities to regional municipalities and the private sector, step up to tackle issues around sustainability in tourism. It is truly inspiring and so we wanted to collate and share these positive stories. This hub is just the start, and we cannot wait to see it grow as more and more tourism partners take action and help us on our sustainability journey.”
The sustainability hub will deal with 5 themes: Sustainable Best Practices, Future Green Projects, Sustainable Initiatives, Sustainable Experiences and Sustainable Holidays in Greece.
Browsers can simply discover data underneath every class and click on by to particular person pages to delve deeper. Eco-conscious travellers trying to find Greek holidays, will discover inspiration, accepted as accountable and sustainable and taking in among the nation’s most cultural, historic and delightful locations.
The platform shall be malleable with new tales, improvements and examples added frequently because the nation continues on its sustainable journey.
The web site was unveiled at an official launch occasion, together with a panel dialogue from sustainability specialists: Victoria Turner, Executive Director Ionian Environmental Foundation, Richard Hammond, Executive Producer and Founder of Green Traveller Productions and Tim Williamson, Customer Director at Responsible Travel, moderated by Eleni Skarveli, Director GNTO UK & Ireland.