Europe’s leading travel group TUI is praising Matala, in the municipality of Faistos, Crete, as one of the most important tourist attractions found on the Greek island.
In its webpage, TUI Travel presents Matala as the second most important place to visit within the Heraklion Prefecture after Knossos Palace.
According to the travel group, the municipality of Faistos and Matala are among the three top destinations in Crete.
The municipality commented on this distinction as being the result of a yearlong effort aiming at revitalizing its tourism and cultural resources. Starting from last year, tourist agencies and groups around the world have been informed about the Matala Festival 2011, while the newsletters about the 2012 festival have already been sent out.
Alternative forms of tourism around the municipality and information about the wider region are being disseminated much more efficiently than ever before.
“Being one of the top destinations in Crete for a leading travel group is highly important for us and makes us feel extremely proud for all the work we have put into promoting our municipality” said Mayor of Faistos Mrs. Maria Petrakogiorgi-Anifantaki, adding that the municipality is trying very hard to provide its people and visitors with visible growth in all fields.
“This particular positive outcome in the field of tourism gives us the strength to carry on with our work. Our municipality is full of natural beauty and historical monuments. We want to be able to present all of this in a single complete tourist programme” said Mrs. Anifantaki.