calls for holiday homes to respect environment
21 February 2008
The holiday home market should be developed in Greece, but only if
it respects the natural and architectural environment, said Tourism
Development Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos, speaking at the 2nd Tourism & Property
Conference in Athens yesterday.
The minister referred to the tourism zoning plan that is currently
the subject of public consultation. He said it is one of the main steps
toward the creation of an operative framework for investing with clear
rules and priorities so that tourism has a balanced development across
He added that the plan will put an end to anarchy in development, the
lack of programming and the haphazard growth of tourism in Greece. “We
will not follow the Spanish model of holiday home development,” Spiliotopoulos
The president of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels, Gerasimos Fokas, said
that clear terms and procedures should be established for the construction
of holiday homes. This will ensure that such homes do not lag behind
other residences in terms of quality of construction, while town planning
studies are also essential, as new villages spring up from nothing
and they should have common spaces and social structures.
Fokas added that there must be limits in various aspects of development,
such as a minimum ratio of hotel beds to beds or rooms in houses.