The municipality of Delphi was declared as top Greek tourism destination within the framework of the European Commission’s European Destinations of Excellence compe-tition for the regeneration project in the old quarter in the coastal town of Amfissa, south-central Greece, it was announced on Thursday. Over the past three centuries, the Amfissa old quarter district of Harmena was the centre of leather and tannery workshops (tampakika). 

A total of eight municipalities and administrative regions took part in this year’s competition under the theme “Tourism and Regeneration of Physical Sites”, rewarding those destinations that have regenerated a physical site of their local heritage and converted it into a tourism attraction to be used as a catalyst for wider local regeneration.

Other four destinations were selected as runner-ups, namely, the Attica (greater Athens) Region, the municipalities of Minoa and Aghios Nikolaos on Crete and the regional entity of Thesprotia, extreme northwest Greece, the culture and tourism ministry general secretariat for tourism announced.

The Greek tourism destination of excellence and the winner destinations in other participating countries will be promoted on European level and will be honored in a special ceremony hosted by the European Commission in the fall of 2011.

The “European Destinations of Excellence” - EDEN project, launched in 2007, promotes sustainable tourism development models across the European Union. The project is based on national competitions that take place every year and result in the selection of a tourist “destination of excellence” for each participating country.