- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 24, 2010

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Crisis-stricken Greece plans to spend more than €20 million ($26.7 million) over the next three years on improving visitor services at historic sites and museums to boost tourism.

Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos said Tuesday most Greek monuments and museums lack basic services such as restrooms, parking lots and vending machines.

He added that none of the country’s top 10 crowd-pullers, including the Acropolis, met requirements such as translated signs or facilities for the blind.

Geroulanos said part of the funding for the project will come from local sponsors and the European Union.

Tourism accounts for more than 15 percent of Greece’s economy, according to tourism industry figures.


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