Greece introduces crowd control initiative
Tuesday, July 11, 2023
The Acropolis, a famous emblem of old Greece, is currently seeing a new age challenge as record numbers of visitors are damaging its charm. With the increase in sightseers since pandemic and disorganized entrance way, the government of Greece has decided to take action on implementing
control measures in terms of crowd.
The cultural minister of Greece, Lina Mendoni, lately declared that new steps will be enforced completely by the end of July. This measure comes in response to an astounding rise in visits of 80 percent during June and early July compared to 2019. To control the overcrowding issue, authorities are planning to bring in a system of time-slot, for organized tourist groups there will be fast-lane entry points, and electronic ticketing system.
These steps are set to deal with the rising overcrowding caused by the huge cruise ships and their arrivals that drop off thousands of travelers at the close by Piraeus port. As per a report from Guardian, the president of the Federation of Hellenic Associations, Lysandros Tsilidis, highly praised this decision, stressing the considerable rise in number of passengers related to cruise ships who buy tickets beforehand to visit the Acropolis.
The Acropolis, as the most visited site in Greece, at present attracts more than 17,000 visitors on an everyday basis.