Tourism and spatial planning

Article of the President of our Association, Dimitri Vayanos, in Kathimerini newspaper on Sunday 20 August about spatial planning in tourist areas of Greece.

The government has rightly set as a priority to carry out spatial planning studies for these areas, because pressures arising from real-estate development are strong. The way the process is being implemented, however, is problematic. The goal seems to be to facilitate large-scale tourist developments, and not to ensure the long-run sustainability of these areas. Protecting the natural environment and the landscapes that have made these areas famous has become a lesser consideration. Ios provides a textbook example of all this.

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