The winners in the European Commission’s European Destinations of Excellence (EDEN) competition were honored in a special event at the European Cultural Centre of Delphi (ECCD).
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.
Tourism General Secretary Dina Bei on Monday presented the first prize to Delphi Mayor Nikolaos Foussekis for the regeneration project in the old quarter district of Harmena in the coastal town of Amfissa, south-central Greece.
Prizes were also presented to the four runner-up destinations, 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 “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.