READ S.A. Presentation

Can you identify the role and missions of your organization?

READ S.A role and missions are: 

Scientific and technical support of the South Aegean Region, Promotion of the business, economic and generally sustainable development of the South Aegean Region as well as the development of environmental protection activities Participation in European programs and Implementation of relevant policies in interregional or wider geographical area.

Why are you participating in the WINTER MED project?

We are participating in the Winter Med project because we want to promote the development of sustainable and responsible tourism throughout the year in South Aegean island destinations, through the joint planning and cooperation between the regions involved in the program.

 

What is the economic weight of tourism for your region?

96% of the GDP of our region directly or indirectly comes from tourism

What are the high periods of tourist attendance?

The summer season with emphasis on the three months of June - July - August

What projects or actions have you implemented to make tourism more sustainable?

READ S.A has already successfully participated in the following programs:

  • Sirocco- Sustainable Cruise Tourism: research on the cruise industry in cooperation with the port fund.
  • Alter Eco- Alternative Tourist Strategies: creating hiking trails.
  • DestiMed Plus- Development of ecotourism in Mediterranean Protected Areas: ecotourism packages in Karpathos Island.

Have you set up tourism sustainability monitoring tools?

Monitoring tourism sustainability, despite its importance, is faced with some difficulties. There are some knowledge gaps of policy-making processes as well as data gaps on tourism that need to be bridged. Towards addressing such challenges, some of the MED Sustainable Tourism Community’s modular projects have developed tools and solutions that can be of particular usefulness in the Mediterranean context and our role is to locate them and transfer them to those in charge so that they can be used in our region as well.

Do you have ways to reduce the negative impacts on the environment, culture, social?

In recent years there is much greater awareness on these issues and especially in dealing with the negative effects of tourism on the environment and culture, given that our area has many archaeological sites and monuments. One of the most important projects of the last period regarding the environment is the establishment of a waste management body in our region. Regarding the culture and social many efforts are made with the restoration of historic buildings, the recuperating of traditional crafts and local traditions and the maintaining of the local identity and culture.

 

What measures do you recommend ensuring responsible and sustainable growth?

Measures that will lead to environmental respect by both visitors and operators, which means minimizing the environmental impacts of tourism and socio-cultural respect by both visitors and operators, where interactions with local communities are encouraged.

What governance mechanisms do you propose?

The Hellenic Tourism Organization and the Ministry of Tourism are responsible for drawing up the strategies and identifying those mechanisms that will contribute to the promotion of sustainable tourism with minimal negative effects.