Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister George Nikitiadis on Monday said the ministry intends to soon launch a drive to extend the tourism season. Speaking on the island of Rhodes, the minister stressed that conditions for this were now ripe.
He said the government would seek to work together with tourism enterprises, regional authorities, travel agencies, airline companies and others in the tourism sectors and examine ways that Greece's tourist season might be extended to the period between November 1 and March 30.
The minister said that a condition for starting such an effort was to create three-year pilot programmes based in various regions of the country, with enough tourism enterprises participating to ensure the operation of a tourism market that would provide tourists with a full service for each region.
Participants in the pilot programme might be given incentives such as lower water rates from local municipalities, lower airport taxes or subsidised labour costs, he said.