Greece Looking to Make Crete an All Year Round Tourism Destination

Greek Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura recently presented the national and regional tourism policy for the development of Crete and its promotion as a 365 days a year destination.

Speaking during the 3rd Regional Conference on the Reconstruction of Production, a conference focusing on the development of Greece’s largest island, Minister Kountoura said that 2017 is a “spectacular year” for Greece with record numbers in arrivals and revenue.

She underlined that Crete is a leading destination in Greek tourism and this year welcomed a significant increase in arrivals and revenue, as shown by official figures.

According to the ministry’s plan for Crete to extend the island’s summer tourism season and boost visitor numbers, thematic tourist products are being promoted throughout the island, agreements are being sealed with tour operators and travel agencies and negotiations with airlines are taking place.

In this context, the tourism ministry is seeking to ensure that a sufficient number of hotels, tourism businesses and the local market will operate throughout the year to facilitate visitors.

Moreover, priorities for the island’s development include linking tourism with the agricultural sector.

“Crete has excellent local products and the unique Cretan diet, and their connection with tourism will strengthen the professionals and producers and will give the tourist product a high added value,” Kountoura said.

The minister added that the government and the tourism ministry are promoting sustainable tourism development, aiming for the economic benefits to benefit all local communities, create new jobs and increase investment.

While on Crete, Kountoura also attended a meeting with sector representatives and all the productive bodies of the prefecture, held at the Chamber of Chania.

The tourism ministry is in close cooperation with the Region of Crete, local authorities, chambers, local tourism bodies and the private sector to implement programs and actions for the development, promotion and promotion of Crete, an announcement by the ministry said.

14 Replies to “Greece Looking to Make Crete an All Year Round Tourism Destination”

  1. I like to go to Crete in winter . I don t mind a stop over flight in Athens, just 60 min longer. BUT: If you want to compete with the Canary Island: warm, cozy and affordable accomodations please!

  2. Then perhaps you also consider your practices regarding animal welfare which is appalling. If my friends are representative of the typical Traveller, they are refusing to return to Crete because of the mindless cruel and inhumane disregard for stray cats and dogs. Clean up your act.

  3. YES !!! Finally ive been saying this for years now ! The winter is perfect in crete Nice weather not to warm So perfect for going around the island ! And better for me , because Its too expensive and Its takes to long to get there in the winter 😞

  4. This is fantastic news! I do hope the flights can be sorted though, Stansted to Chania all year round would be amazing and I think very popular as it’s such a nuisance having to travel to Athens and then down to Chania!

  5. Don’t allow it to be spoiled like Spain. No high rise hotels and fast food, promote walking, hiking, horse riding etc. Painting and drawing courses, cookery etc etc. Not everyone needs to go to the beach or the bars. Even Greek life holidays – join in with harvesting olives, grapes, making wine and raki, Easter festivals – you know there is so much to offer a visitor.

  6. I want to travel to Crete in winter but same as the previous post just not fancying that extra travel time.Direct winter flights please.

  7. Crete is definitely an all year destination but the flights need sorting out. It is really difficult to travel from the UK in winter unless from a London airport. We need flights from the Midlands to heraklion.

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