PARTNERS AND BUDGET
The project target areas (Rhodes, Syros, Thira and Limassol) are important tourist areas with increased arrivals during the summer months. Additionally, Syros and Rhodes are the administrative centers of the Cyclades and Dodecanese respectively, while Rhodes is also candidate for 2021 Cultural Capital. Consequently, the content of the project is in line with the direction of creating modern and sustainable mobility infrastructure, capable to respond to the needs created due to increased demand for urban public transport. More specifically, Rhodes has a population of 152.538, while visitors for the year 2015 came up to 1.89 million, Syros has a population of 21.475 while visitors for the same year came up to 28.000. These numbers are increasing if we also include students living on the two islands. At the same time, Santorini has a population of 17.752 and received more than 2 million visitors in 2015. Finally, Limassol has a population of 235.330 and receives 250.000 visitors a year. The EY-KINHSH project is mainly aiming to promote smart, sustainable and alternative mobility in the transnational area. Participating regions are expected to develop a model organizational and operational context for the strengthening and environmental upgrading of Public Transport.
Total project budget: 1.306.290 euro
The island of Rhodes, with the capital Rhodes, which is the Administrative Capital of the Dodecanese, is located in the southeastern part of Greece, at the crossroads of the Aegean Sea and the eastern Mediterranean. Rhodes, with a population of 115,000 inhabitants today, is the meeting point of many cultures, which have left their mark on art, language, architecture and culture in general, in the long history of the island. The strategic position of the island made the city of Rhodes an important maritime, commercial, political and cultural power, bringing it into a prominent city of Ancient Greece.
The Medieval Town of Rhodes, preserved in excellent condition and recognized by UNESCO in 1988 as a World Heritage City, is a mixture of architectural styles, from various historical periods, the most dominating one being the period the Order of the Knights of St. John was on the island. The Medieval Town, with great museums and sights (Palace of the Grand Master, Archaeological Museum, Theater of the Medieval Moat, etc.), is a major factor for the intense tourist activity of the city, contributing to the significant tourist development of the island as a whole.
Important attractions within the city are the historic center at Mandraki harbor with administrative buildings of the Italian occupation of the island, the ancient Acropolis on the Monte Smith hill, the Aquarium, the Museum of Modern Greek Art, the Park of Rodini, which is one of the oldest parks in the world. www.rhodes.gr
Syros is located in the heart of the Aegean Sea and has the cosmopolitan charm of a lady. A ruling power with Hermoupolis as the capital of the island and also of the Cyclades Islands, that preserves and reassures the charm of a different era. A history that unfolds from the picturesque streets, the traditional villages that combine Medieval and Cycladic architecture, the Orthodox and Catholic churches, the lacy beaches and the fairy natural landscape.
Just 83 nautical miles from Piraeus port and 62 nautical miles from Rafina port, Syros is one of the most favorite tourist destinations in the Cyclades Islands for visitors with refined taste. Before you travel to this unique island of the Aegean, we encourage you to get information about the most important tourist attractions and collect information regarding its landmarks, historical monuments, beaches and accommodation options in order to select your favorite destination for the most delightful holidays is Syros. www.syros-ermoupolis.gr
Thira Municipality consists of the island of Santorini, Thirassia, Palea and Nea Kameni and Aspronissi. It is the southernmost island of the Cyclades and is one of the top tourist destinations worldwide. Its uniqueness is due to its rich and special geomorphology, which derives from the active volcano, located in the famous caldera of the island.
Volcanic soil is the cause of the rare and exclusive products that are locally produced, such as wine, Santorini fava and Santorini tomato (all three PDO products). The island's economy is heavily reliant on tourism and in providing services to visitors, where hundreds of businesses offer high quality services, accessible to all levels of visitors. Viticulture is also the most important agricultural sector in Santorini. According to the latest census data, the permanent population is about 15,500. www.thira.gov.gr
Limassol Tourism Development and Promotion Company Ltd
The Limassol Tourism Development and Promotion Company Ltd (LTC) is the official tourism body of the Limassol region and is aiming to promote the further development of the area and to market Limassol as a distinct cosmopolitan sea-side destination, with a unique identity, based on its rich history and culture, its special characteristics and the wide variety of options available for tourists including sun and sea, gastronomy, cycling, bird watching, mini cruises to nearby destinations, Byzantine churches routes, Wine routes and much more.
One of the main objectives of LTC is upgrading Limassol in terms of sustainable mobility through actions to improve public transport, conditions and infrastructure for cycling and walking, encouraging bike sharing and use of electric vehicles. The measures applied to improve sustainable mobility are expected to have a positive effect enriching the tourist experience, offering more mobility options to locals and ensuring a better environment. www.limassoltourism.com
Frederick Research Centre
Frederick Research Centre is one of the most important research organisations in Cyprus. It was established in 1995 to create a solid base for the development of scientific research activities of Cypriot and foreign scientists. The research centre aims mainly in promoting scientific research and undertaking and conducting basic and applied research in various fields, to offer advisory services to people, businesses, organisations and the government, to encourage participation in research projects and the development of research proposals, to coordinate and participate in the implementation of research projects and create cooperation with other national and international research centres and universities for the implementation of research work. The Centre has participated in more than 50 research projects with external funding, most of which it was leading, as well as in smaller projects providing advisory services. A significant part of the projects concern science and technology, as well as the environment, education, management, economics and social sciences. http://frc.frederick.ac.cy