Hoteliers: Greece suffers from lack of infrastructure, not overtourism

Agios Nikolaos, Crete.


Greece Suffers from lack of infrastructure not overtourism, said the president of the Hellenic Hoteliers Federation (POX). Yiannis Hatzis during the 2 of the federationNL Regional conference held in Heraklion, Crete, on Tuesday.

In his speech at the event, Hatzis cited the example of Mallorca to demonstrate his argument. Although Mallorca is 2.3 times smaller than Crete and has double the population and the number of arrivals it handles exceed that of both Crete and the South Aegean region, he said.

Hatzis added that negotiating the idea of ​​limiting demand rather than improving supply is counterproductive. Instead, he said, he formulated one Strategic Plan for the next 10 years is the “only solution”.

He further underlined this alternative tourist experiencesextensive services and distribution of tourist expenditure, the classic sea and sun model remains that of Greece best selling product.

President of the Hellenic Hoteliers Federation (POX), Yiannis Hatzis.

President of the Hellenic Hoteliers Federation, Yiannis Hatzis, speaks at the federation’s second regional conference.

Citing key infrastructure projects on the island, including the under-construction Kastelli airport and the BOAK North Road axis, Hatzis said Crete could take the lead in the vision for a new era in tourism.

“Invest in high-quality hotel facilities; strengthening tourism by connecting our connections cultural and culinary identity with respect for the environment and society; make big leaps based on our classic product; but above all: demonstrate that tourism does not float economies with one focus, it does the exact opposite. Tourism creates value across the spectrum of the economy,” he said.

The President of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels also spoke during the conference Alexandros Vassilikos echoes Hatzis, adding that the goal should not focus on achieving record arrivals, but rather on quality and quality far-reaching strategies while adding that the regulation of short-term rental activities is critical.

Vassilikos subsequently announced the publication of a relevant study examining the impact of Airbnb-like activities on communities. According to Hatzis, there are currently more than 150,000 beds available for short-term rental only on Crete.

File photo of President Alexandros Vassilikos of the Greek Chamber of Hotels.

Other key points of the event include calls from hoteliers’ associations across Greece to… water and waste management.

The chairman of the Heraklion Hoteliers Association Nikos Chalkiadakis The number of arrivals to the island is expected to increase by 3 to 4 percent this year compared to 2023, adding that hotels and flights were almost fully booked.

Regional Governor of Crete Stavros Arnaoutakis underlined the importance of including this in policy impact of the climate crisis about tourism and solutions.

Finally, via video call, Minister of Tourism Olga Kefalogianni said sustainability, balance And protection of the environment main priorities of the government.

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