OPINION

Encouraging golf tourism in Greece could be damaging to our environment

Over the weekend I read that Tourism Minister Fanni Palli-Petralia announced, during a visit to Crete, that attracting more golfers to Greece will be a chief target of the country’s tourism sector over the coming years. I would like to pose a couple of questions to the minister: Does she know how much water is wasted by golf courses? And, when we consider the impact of global warming and the fact that many parts of Greece are threatened with desertification, is golf tourism really a workable idea? Crete has a lot to offer in the area of tourism once transport connections have been developed and more has been done to preserve its environment because that is why tourists come to Crete, not to play golf. Golfers can go where golf courses already exist. Let us spare our island the ignominy of golf tourism. NIKOS MAKSIMYADIS, Rethymnon, Crete.