Article in Euronews: Greece’s Acropolis: Cap on daily visitors and staggered entry times starting in September” by Ruth Wright
Ruth Wright’s very informative article in Euronews highlights the new measures that Greece is implementing to manage the increasing number of tourists visiting the Acropolis of Athens, the country’s most popular archaeological site.
Starting from next month, only 20,000 daily visitors will be allowed entry, with a cap on the number of visitors per hour to prevent overcrowding. The move comes in response to the threat of “excessive tourism” that poses risks to the UNESCO World Heritage site.
The new entry limits will be on a trial basis from 4 September and will become permanent from 1 April 2024. The goal is to protect the monument and improve the overall visitor experience. Additionally, there will be no time limit on visits, but those coming with organized tours or from cruise ships, accounting for about 50% of the daily visitors, tend to spend around 45 minutes at the site.
The time-based restrictions aim to balance the visitor flow throughout the day. Currently, half of the Acropolis’ foot traffic arrives between 8 am and noon, but under the new system, 3,000 people will be allowed access from 8-9 am, 2,000 during the next hour, and varying numbers during the rest of the day.
Furthermore, similar caps are expected to be imposed on other popular archaeological sites in Greece. The decision for the Acropolis was made after consultations with tour and cruise operators and was delayed due to the country’s June general election.
The article also mentions that last year, over 3 million people visited the Acropolis, making it essential to implement measures to protect the site and manage the influx of visitors effectively.
During a recent heatwave, Greek authorities closed access to the Acropolis during midday hours and installed awnings to protect visitors from the sun.
In conclusion, the article sheds light on Greece’s proactive approach to preserving its iconic cultural heritage while ensuring a positive experience for tourists.
The cap on daily visitors and staggered entry times represent significant steps toward sustainable tourism management at the Acropolis and other archaeological sites in the country.
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