The project target areas (Rhodes, Syros, Thira and Limassol) are important tourist areas with increased arrivals during the summer months. Additionally, Syros and Rhodes are the administrative centers of the Cyclades and Dodecanese respectively, while Rhodes is also candidate for 2021 Cultural Capital. Consequently, the content of the project is in line with the direction of creating modern and sustainable mobility infrastructure, capable to respond to the needs created due to increased demand for urban public transport.
More specifically, Rhodes has a population of 152.538, while visitors for the year 2015 came up to 1.89 million, Syros has a population of 21.475 while visitors for the same year came up to 28.000. These numbers are increasing if we also include students living on the two islands. At the same time, Santorini has a population of 17.752 and received more than 2 million visitors in 2015. Finally, Limassol has a population of 235.330 and receives 250.000 visitors a year. The EY-KINHSH project is mainly aiming to promote smart, sustainable and alternative mobility in the transnational area. Participating regions are expected to develop a model organizational and operational context for the strengthening and environmental upgrading of Public Transport.