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Mythology theme park by 2006

A theme park drawing its inspiration from Ancient Greek mythology will be built in the area of Anavyssos, south of Athens, by 2006 and is expected to attract up to 1.2 million visitors per year. Preliminary plans for the 80-billion-drachma (235-million-euro) project have already been drawn. Besides the theme park, they include two hotels, an environmental education park that will include a botanical garden and an open-air natural history museum, as well as the development of athletic facilities by Anavyssos’s beach. The whole project is situated on a 167-hectare area. The salt pans covering part of the area will be turned into a lagoon. Fuji Bank, the financial advisor of Hellenic Tourist Properties (ETA), a subsidiary of the state Greek National Tourism Organization, will study the preliminary plans and draw up a final investment plan. The call for bids to build the theme park will be published on November 30. The bulk of the investment will be provided by private capital. ETA will be a partner. Most of the park, plus the two hotels, is scheduled to be completed by 2004, the year of the Athens Olympics.