The municipality of Rhodes in association with the Digital Nomad Observatory has prepared an action plan, which aims to attract Digital Nomads to the city of Rhodes. On the 20th of January 2021, the deputy mayor of Tourism Kostas Taraslias, presented to local authorities, what is the phenomenon of Digital Nomads, how it can help the city of Rhodes thrive, and what specific actions can the municipality take to attract these people.
According to Mr. Taraslias, it is very important for the city of Rhodes to become a favorite destination of Digital Nomads worldwide. He pointed out that the locals do not have to be afraid of these professionals taking their jobs because they only stay in one place for just 12 months, while they increase economic activity on the island.
Mr. Taraslias said: “So it’s a target that we have, considering that Rhodes is an ideal place for people to work. It provides all the necessities that one needs to have a great life since in Rhodes there are natural beauties, great weather and most importantly there are all the consumer goods, plus an international airport that allows them to move directly to the area.”
“It couldn’t be otherwise since Rhodes has been an ideal tourist destination for many years on a global level and can also be an excellent place for digital nomads, for executives and employees (programmers, graphic designers, journalists, writers), who, while their company’s headquarters and their physical workplace, in general, are in another country, technology offers them the opportunity to work far away from their base. The island has all the modern facilities to meet their work needs, while at the same time they can combine their work with their holidays. ”
“Rhodes has everything necessary for a great life, from its natural beauty, infrastructure to its hospitable people. And let’s not forget that the benefits to the local economy and society are significant. Imagine in the winter having people in Rhodes permanently, workers who will stay almost all year round on the island and who will act both as multipliers in terms of the tourist season, but also contribute economically through the consumption of many goods. The whole project is extremely important. ”
“That is therefore what we are aiming for as the Municipality of Rhodes and the Directorate of Tourism. We are planning in cooperation with all the stakeholders – the future of tourism on the island, utilizing the existing possibilities and at the same time meeting the new needs.”
The municipality of Rhodes is determined to attract digital nomads in order to increase the economic activity of the island. For this effort, it has created a detailed action plan, in cooperation with the Digital Nomads Observatory.
-The development of a comprehensive attraction plan for digital nomads.
-Promoting Rhodes as an ideal destination for digital nomads.
-Improving broadband infrastructure, especially with fast internet speeds, in collaboration with major telecommunications providers.
-Providing practical facilities and amenities for digital nomads to settle and stay on the island.
-Adopting actions and policies for the creation of a ‘nomad business connectivity community’ on the island of Rhodes.
-Collaboration and exchange of infrastructure know-how and best practices with other cities abroad that are oriented towards digital nomads.
-Collaboration with institutions targeting start-up companies and related to the digital nomad audience.
-Communicating and cooperating with large foreign technology companies whose employees are predominantly digital nomads.
-Extensive networking and interfacing with the international community of digital nomads.
-Communication with citizens and local businesses to highlight and exploit business opportunities for this type of visitor.
-Forming an organised business ecosystem related to the digital nomad movement.
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