Towards The Salamis Historic Park Foundation

Salamis Island, Greece

This website is owned by Rörsch & Partners, the original designers and developers of the Salamis Foundation website, the facebook page and other promotional activities.
We also prepared all the plans as mentioned on these pages.
All plans are copyrighted and may not be used without our written permission.
The Salamis Foundation as was set up in june 2015 in Greece has no relationship to our activities.


Email: info@salamisfoundation.org


Salamis OUR Greek Island

"Greece should be starring for Culture, this is the heritage, this property is lost if we do nothing" Melina Mercouri

Salamis Tourism

Our first sponsers:

The Votsalakia in Selinia - Hotel and Restaurant
Great restaurant on the east coast; good food, friendly service and honest prices!


Kostas his restaurant; 

Great restaurant on the west coast; good food, friendly service and honest prices!



The Salamis Tourism Board

The SBT first statements:

Vision:To become the economic development agency in tourism, especially known for partnership, innovation and excellence for all of Salamis Island, Greece.
Activities: Salamis Board of Tourism: actively promotes the development of infrastructure, including the building of hotels and tourist attractions such as Salamis – City park, which will make Salamis a popular resort island for both tourists and local visitors. The board also markets the whole island and organizes events, such as The Battle celebrations, to attract visitors.

Practical points to start with:
To create a proper website and a small local tourist office. 
Market: Attica receives 2.6 million tourist a year and larger Athens has over 4 million inhabitants, a large potential market, which is waiting just across the water. 


The Tourism Development Plan

During the past 50 years there was little interest on the island of Salamis to attract tourists. Therefore no promotion was made and no infrastructure was built. Tourism can be/is a good source of income and a good aid against unemployment.

We therefore recommend a Tourist Development Plan (TDP) to be made for the whole island.

In comparison to most of Greece, especially the Athens area, very few tourists visit Salamis island, even fewer stay for one or more nights. This is logical because there are only very few beds available, not in hotels, not in B&B, not on campings, not on farms, no where.

Besides there are very few attractions on the island; the beaches, some museums, but little more.

There is also little publicity about the island and more important from the island.

The re-enactment of The Battle of Salamis is practically the only news item, every year. About the rest of the island there is little to find. Salamis is even ignored by many websites, as being of no tourist interest. More information about the TDP can be found hereafter.


Tourist Development Plan for all of the island, the pre-plan, July 2012

Introduction:

A full Tourist Development Plan should be made for the whole island. First of all this is important for the municipality. There is little local experience in tourism itself and in planning tourism developments. This planning is important now and for the next 25 years. In comparison to a large part of Greece, especially the Athens area, very few tourists visit Salamis island, even fewer stay for one or more nights. 

Besides there are very few attractions on the island; the beaches, some museums, but little more.

There is also little publicity about the island and more important from the island. The re-enactment of The Battle of Salamis is practically the only news item, every year. About the rest of the island there is little to be found. Salamis is even ignored by many websites as being of no tourist interest.

An application might be made to the EU to get a subsidy for this as it is an tourism-infrastructure related item.

Some basic samples; to create a local tourist office for the island, to create a proper tourist website, to introduce new attractions, to keep the municipality website updated, to use free publicity anywhere, offer free wi-fi and much more.

At least one, or more, major cultural, educational, fun projects should be created on different parts of the island.

The starting points for the Tourist Development Plan:

Short term planning, for the next months. To be done by the municipality and the Salamis Tourist Office (STO).

with little costs involved:

Prepare a proper website for Salamis tourist office: STO (see also Salamis Board of Tourism

The unofficial Proposal, January 31-2012).

Prepare proper texts to be distributed through all possible tourism channels, including a few pictures and a proper map which can be used freely by anybody (no copyrights).

Try to get people for a day-trip from Athens, especially during the week, not weekends, this should be organized well and advertised properly via the website, tour-operators, tourist offices, the press and more. It is always easier to attract people who are there locally, than from far away, especially when you have no infrastructure yet.

On and for the island this means!!:

For example: Get a regular bus service to run from Paloykia to Salamina centre/beach front, every 15 minutes at least. The route and running times must be on all websites! Including all the way how to get from Athens to the Island.

Get people and companies to arrange car trips over the island (a possible route in annex). This could be by a little bus, car rental, even taxi's with special prices for a day. Including lunch and dinner stops.

Make sure all archaeological findings can be visited and photographed.

Arrange that all tourism involved businesses get a website, in at least three languages. We are preparing a standard one in English, German, Greek and Italian.

The local business community can and should advertise on the STO-website, with an extra page or half page at a fair rate.

Costing some more:

Make speed-bumbs on all boulevards, like Selinia, Agia and or, to prevent racing, right were the restaurants and hotel are.

Take care of proper signs on all of the island, they might even be sponsored.

Organizing the Battle of Salamis bigger and even better: for example add some big-band contest or row-boat racing, music festivals, and more.

Organizing more other events and make them public via all possible channels.

There are plenty of volunteers and unemployed willing to help.

Costing more:

Repairing the biggest holes in the roads, taking proper care of road cleaning, garbage cans, etc.

Getting a real good zoning for all of the island and control it. There are many good and beautiful places which we do not want to be destroyed.

More plans will be explained in a full TDP.

For the longer term, 1-5 years:

Work on this should start as soon as possible, with possibly EU-subsidy and other funding activities. The projects could be ready 1-2 years from now, for the first part.

Create the Salamis City-Park and build it, including hotel, shops, restaurant, boulevard, children related items, including creating and building The Battle Project.

Create and build the ship-yard for traditional ships, working with students, unemployed, universities and the trireme organization?

Create a small but good municipality office which can attract more tourism orientated businesses to invest on the island, from water park to hotels to whatever could attract more people, and give more fun to the local people.

Create the archaeological museum and research area: “The Old Salamis Harbor”.