NEXT STEP FOR SYMI ISLAND: SUSTAINABLE TOURISM UPGRADE
“The majority of tourist accommodation facilities on Symi are in the lower categories. This means that there is a need to upgrade. It means launching bids and financing programs through the Recovery Fund and newly available EU tools that will finance business plans aimed at upgrading and modernizing tourist accommodation,” he said. The minister also referred to two EU subsidy schemes running through October 30 supporting small, medium-sized and large businesses operating in the Dodecanese region. The programs fund energy, technology and extension upgrades as well as business plans focusing on agritourism and the production of local products and gastronomy. Konsolas went on to add that upcoming support schemes will cover upgrades in smart technologies and RES. Earlier this week, Konsolas visited Astypalea, which he said can lead the way in Greece’s ‘green’ transition while re-branding as a wellness destination.