Can the Old Town of Corfu withstand more tourism?
CulturePolis suggests reading the attached article (in Greek) by Mr. George Katsaiti, Publisher of the newspaper “Kerkiraiki Enimerosi”, which was published on the 4396 paper of the weekend of 22-23 April, 2017.
This issues has already surfaced during the implementation of the SUSTCULT 2011-2014 project -in which CulturePolis was partnered with the cities of Venice, Ohrid, Berat et. al.- that lead to the submission of proposals for “Updating the Management Plan / Action Plan 2013 – 2018 for the Old Town of Corfu, UNESCO Monument, see http://culturepolis.org/portfolio/sustcult-see/.
It has been a matter of concern since then the dangers faced mostly by the monuments of global cultural heritage of UNESCO by the uncontrollable rise of tourism and particularly the ‘invasion’ from gigantic cruisers, with the consequent devastation of city centres – monuments such as Venice (where not a single Venetian lives in the centre of the city…and on top of that it is sinking), as well as Dubrovnik.
Corfu is still standing, but is it perhaps the time to adopt new measures?
Soon we will take the initiative for a public consultation on the matter, hoping to mobilise agencies, the business world, but also the local population.
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