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Municipal Company for Traditional Products of Milies

The Municipal Company for Traditional Products of Milies is the first step in the development of the area. Combining the effective and comprehensive utilization of resources and exploiting the inherent potential of the region, it gives a new dimension to the development path.

Brief description

The Municipal Company for Traditional Products of Milies is the first step in the development of the area. Combining the effective and comprehensive utilization of resources and exploiting the inherent potential of the region, it gives a new dimension to the development path.

By creating the women's section for manufacturing traditional products and crafts – the section is under operation since 2000 - in the Lower Gatzea, a sufficient number of women are employed, strengthening the local economy and empowerment of women.  The work is done mainly by women, because of their skills in cooking, pastry making, needlework and other female activities. They are offering a restyled use of local products, because these are being made by using old recipes, raw materials and more physical ways of producing the products. Thereby, the retained and preserved old traditional recipes, techniques and crafts inherited from generation to generation, are able to be exchanged. These are products such as a variety of marmalades, products of specific character (frumenty, noodles), honey, oil, raki or Tsipouro (traditional drinks), local soap, vinegar, tsitsiravla, ceramics, and textiles.

After research in local tourist enterprises and in travel agencies, tourists come to the area in order to experience local products, food and crafts during all season.

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Objectives

Promoting the area’s traditional products and crafts not only in holiday guides but also in local markets in other regions of Greece and abroad, in order to attract more and more tourists (native and foreign) through the years and to increase the income for the inhabitants.

Benefits

The advantage for the local entrepreneurs and other stakeholders clearly comes from the higher number of clients during the season of operation that grants improved economic sustainability.

Tourists are given the opportunity to have at their disposal a new chance to know, learn and experience the traditional local products and crafts, by participating in local life and thus interacting with the local inhabitants.

Tourists are given the opportunity to have the experience to participate in the process of making traditional products at specific periods of the year. As in autumn for the Tsipouro distillation.

WHY is the best practice considered as good

The Municipal Company of Milies in the 6th year of operation, contributed decisively and effectively to the diverse activities of the area, being an important factor in implementing development, in protecting and promoting the natural beauty of the area's rich heritage and enviable historical diversity over the centuries. By attracting more tourists (native and foreign), new jobs will be created and the employment and the income of local people will be increased, as well. The beauty of Pilion will be known worldwide and will be presented as a perfect and attractive tourist destination.

WHAT are the measurable results

Number of tourist presences coming to area.

Number of traditional products and crafts sold.

New opportunities created on the local level

Strengthening of the food, the handicraft, the local products sector of the nearby villages

Financial resources

The Municipal Company is promoted directly from Municipality of Southern Pilion and the local entrepreneurs.  It was developed under the European Community Initiative, Leader II with a budget spent almost 500.000 €.

The cost for buying traditional products and crafts varies from 1-2 € to 100 € and depends on the kind of product the amount and the quality.

Possibility of tansferring the best practice

The practise can be easily transferred to other territories, by exchanging experiences amongst local authorities, by participating in local gatherings and workshops for the promotion of the good techniques that are used in the current practice. Furthermore, by promoting the products that generated from this practice and offer evaluation about the benefits of the project itself.

Local government can provide the establishments and the infrastructures needed and local communities can provide the staff and the knowledge.

Media appearances can service as a method of promoting and demonstrating, to a more wide audience, the results of the best practice and, in general, what this practice wants to achieve.


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