Keeping tourists in Athens for longer stays is a top priority for Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis, who expects the Greek capital to beat pre-pandemic 2019 tourist arrival levels this year.
“Our goal is to increase the number of days tourists stay in Athens to four days from the current two and a half or three,” Bakoyannis told SKAI radio.
To achieve this goal, Bakoyannis said steps have been taken including improving the overall city experience to include other sites beyond the traditional attractions of Plaka, Thisseio and Acropolis.
In this sense, the mayor mentioned the regeneration of the park of the Academy of Plato (Akadimia Platonos). The urban regeneration project starts “immediately and our objective is to make it a tourist destination”.
He went on to add that the establishment of the Athens City Museum was also on the agenda.
Furthermore, he said that a safe and clean city will greatly contribute to the reputation of Athens, adding that in September, 45 underground bins will be installed in 45 neighborhoods.
A key issue that will be discussed at an upcoming City Council meeting is the identification of parking solutions for tourist buses. Bakoyannis said a new regulatory framework will be tabled in the coming weeks that will guarantee tourist bus stops without causing traffic problems or road blockages.
Finally, referring to the thorny issue of demonstrations in the city center, a common phenomenon in Athens paralyzing traffic, Bakoyannis stressed that the law must be applied and sent a letter to the responsible ministers calling for a ban on demonstrations in the center. -town. working days.
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