ENRICHMENT OF TOURISM INFRASTRUCTURES AND SERVICES AND REORGANISATION OF THE SYSTEM FOR THE MANAGEMENT AND PROMOTION OF WALKING ROUTES IN ISLAND REGIONS AXIS 2:
NATURAL AND CULTURAL ENVIRONMENT LEAD PARTNER: REGION OF CRETE (REGIONAL UNIT OF LASITHI) PARTNERS: REGION OF NORTHERN Aegean (REGIONAL UNIT OF CHIOS)
DEPARTMENT OF FORESTS AT THE MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE, NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT TOTAL BUDGET: €739,936.00
The project involves cross-border cooperation to improve tourism infrastructures and services on hiking trails in three island areas (Crete, Chios and Cyprus). Both in the case of Lasithi Prefecture and also in the case of Chios Prefecture and Cyprus, the hiking trails selected for interventions are located in areas with special environmental and cultural features.
Moreover, the areas where the proposed interventions will be implemented are facing problems regarding the adequacy of infrastructures for marking and promoting their walking routes. This has a negative effect both on the competitiveness of tourism output and also on the development of entrepreneurial activities and on the inhabitants’ quality of life in general.
The anticipated interventions will supplement existing infrastructures, utilize prior experience and implement specific studies for the planning, creation and marking of five networks of hiking trails (Prefecture of Lasithi, Prefecture of Chios, Akama, Troodos and Cavo Greco).
Among the project’s expected results are the promotion of the cultural monuments of the involved areas, the protection of the natural environment and the creation of integrated tools (guides and manuals).
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