SETE calls for zon­ing plan for tourism

Kathimerini English - - Focus - STATHIS KOUSOUNIS

The Greek Tourism Con­fed­er­a­tion (SETE) is call­ing for the for­ma­tion of a spe­cial, in­vest­ment-friendly zon­ing plan for tourism.

The lat­est study by the In­sti­tute of the Greek Tourism Con­fed­er­a­tion ar­gues that the coun­try will not achieve the con­di­tions re­quired for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of tourism in­vest­ments with­out the im­me­di­ate restora­tion of trust be­tween the state and en­ter­prises in the sec­tor.

A key con­di­tion for that is the cre­ation of an in­vestor-friendly en­vi­ron­ment, which ne­ces­si­tates sta­bil­ity in the tax frame­work and the cre­ation of ap­pro­pri­ate zon­ing plans through an ef­fi­cient spe­cial blue­print for tourism and sus­tain­able growth.

The SETE In­sti­tute notes that the zon­ing plan should be aimed at cre­at­ing sus­tain­able and pros­per­ous so­cial, eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal sys­tems, tak­ing into ac­count their ca­pac­ity to tackle any prob­lems that may arise.

Spe­cial ref­er­ence is also made to the “myth” of leav­ing be­hind con­ven­tional forms of tourism or com­pos­ite tourism prod­ucts in fa­vor of sus­tain­able growth, ar­gu­ing that the tar­get should be to sup­port and sup­ple­ment sum­mer tourism.

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