The Eastern Aegean island of Samos has been awarded a European Diploma for 2017 by the Council of Europe.
It is year another boost for Greece, which has seen tourism increase year-on-year since 2012 after a drop mainly due to the debt crisis. Tourism has always been one of the country’s strongest and most stable sectors and the projected figures in terms of anticipated tourist arrivals add further weight to that statement.
For Samos, the award will raise its profile further throughout the continent. The island’s mayor, Michalis Angelopoulos, spoke his optimism following the award. “Samos is an island on the frontier of Europe”, he said. “The Council of Europe represents 47 countries with hundreds of thousands of municipalities, provinces and communities. With this distinction, Samos has been put on the map of Europe.”
The island has already looked to build on the award by submitting its application to become a cultural capital of Europe in 2021.