Results of the policy recommendations’ questionnaire in Greece

ANATOLIKI SA made a research between the stakeholders from the fifteen Municipalities engaged in the transferring of the project’s Methodology, residents with interest in the topic of sustainable tourism and other stakeholders from the Region of Central Macedonia.

In order to record the opinion of the different stakeholders engaged in the SUSTOWNS project on the topic of policy recommendations, ANATOLIKI SA launched a questionnaire for this purpose, in the frame of the Work Package 5 activities (Capitalization of the project’s results).

The target group of the questionnaire were the Local Focus Groups of the Municipalities of Volvi and Aristotle in Greece, stakeholders from the fifteen Municipalities engaged in the transferring of the project’s Methodology, residents with interest in the topic of sustainable tourism and other stakeholders from the Region of Central Macedonia. At first, the respondents were asked to assess the importance of the six dimensions of sustainability for a tourism destination (Political, Social, Spatial, Economic, Cultural and Environmental Sustainability), in the second stage to assess the current situation in the destination in which they live and in the final stage of the questionnaire to make policy proposals, taking into account their experience from the implementation of the project, in order to enhance the sustainable tourism development in Local, Regional and National Level.

According to the results of the questionnaire and the score obtained on the scale from 1 (low) to 5 (high), all the above mentioned dimensions of sustainability were evaluated as important, taking a score from 4 to 5. Regarding the evaluation of the current situation in the Greek territories, the scores emerged ranged mainly from 2 to 3, highlighting some of the main problems that exist in the tourist destination of Greece and evaluating, as a sector that seems to be more developed, the culture and cultural sustainability dimension.

In the last stage of the questionnaire in which suggestions were made by the participants regarding the enhancement of sustainable tourism, the most important results were the promotion of local products and cooperation between the different touristic areas, the change of mentality regarding tourism and the shift from the “Sun & Sea” model to more sustainable forms of tourism and the provision of educational activities and advisory support to professional working in the value chain of the tourism sector. One last aspect that was proposed in the frame of the questionnaire was the recruitment of experienced and specialised in tourism professionals and young scientists from the Municipalities and the Local Authorities in Greece.

The next step is the capitalization of the project’s results, influencing the regional policy based on the experience gained.