Greece embraces green tourism

Greece is renowned for its spotless and beautiful stretches of coastline, with beautiful beaches, rugged cliff faces and intimate little coves all featuring. So it's something of a relief to hear at Seafarer that the country's tourist industry is going that little bit further to preserve its natural assets.

According to the Travel Foundation, Greece's National Tourism Organisation has become the latest to sign up for the Make Holidays Greener campaign, which aims to help raise awareness of the need for greener and cleaner beaches.

Salli Felton, acting chief executive of the Travel Foundation, was among those celebrating the news. 

"We’re delighted that Visit Greece is on board," she said. "Their support will help us to spread the word that cleaner, greener beaches aren't just important for tourism, they are essential for coastal communities and wildlife such as sea turtles too."

Christina Kalogera, director of Visit Greece, drew attention to Greece's clean coastlines and extensive conservation efforts, which include protecting two species that are under threat – the Monk Seal and the Sea Turtle.

"The focus of the Make Holidays Greener campaign on beaches links to the world-famous Greek shores, which are known for their clean and clear waters," she added.

The Make Holidays Greener initiative will run this July, with dozens of events taking place across various countries that aim to encourage people to think about their impact upon the local environment when travelling abroad this summer.

Organising beach cleanups and attending talks promoting facts about healthy oceans are just two ways that people can get involved.

If you needed another excuse to explore this beautiful country with its characteristic landscape and fascinating history, this could well be it. Why not journey around Greece's stunning collection of islands this summer aboard one of our small ship cruises? 

Seafarer has for some years now been promoting a responsibl;e aproach to yachting with information on recommeded good practice and guidelines to guests provided on every yacht,as well as supporting various local organisations like Dolphin Watch in the Ionian and Archpelagos in the Aegean.