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New golf tourism project in Greece

A new golf tourism project budgeted at 300 million euros and set to create 1,500 jobs when completed is scheduled in the central Greece region called Fokida.

Named “Delphi Golf Resort”, the project will be implemented by Scorpios Construction SA and includes the creation of a 36-hole golf course, a 5-star 300-room hotel, conference and leisure venues, and a wellness village but it will also include artificial lakes and trees. Expected to contribute the local and national economy, the strategic investment has been included in the government’s fast-track program.

In efforts to attract more investments in tourism, and especially in golf, targeting higher-spending travellers, the Greek government revised legislation concerning golf tourism facilitating and accelerating procedures, cutting red tape and offering incentives.

The resort which will be constructed in Desfina, is expected to raise higher-income tourism to the whole region, including well-known destinations such as Delphi, Itea, Galaxidi and Arahova but also develop real estate, attract further investments, and finally promote local products.

Delphi Golf Resort will be able to host international golf tournaments. Greece has accelerated its objective for investments in golf tourism, which according to international data accounts for some 55 million players. Greek tourism stakeholders hope to extend the season through golf tourism as well as increase revenue. There are currently 6,000 golf courses in Europe and golf tourism contributes approximately 20 billion euros to the European economy.

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