Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Greece … transforming billionaire Onassis’s island into a luxury resort

The Greek government approved, on Wednesday, the construction of a luxury resort on the island of “Skorpios” off Lefkada in Greece, the island that was the focus of attention of the political and economic elite and world-famous arts, as it was the property of their friend, the famous Greek businessman Aristotle Onassis.

The Greek government published its approval for the project, which was described as “ambition” in the official gazette, to include the construction of a 5-star hotel, spa, amphitheater, farm, orchard, swimming pools, sports facilities, and a yacht marina, with a cost of 165 million euros, according to the “French” news agency.

In 2003 the island was the property of the only heir to the late businessman Athena Onassis, who is the granddaughter of the businessman, to sell it to the Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, who had long sought to buy the legendary 83-hectare island.

According to the Greek Ministry of Development, at least 130 jobs could be created thanks to this investment.

Development and Investment Minister Adonis Georgiades said in a statement: “This project has a symbolic significance. It has been in the drawers for a long time, but it will now provide jobs and add value.”

According to the Greek press, the complex will not be ready before 2024.

In the era of Aristotle Onassis (1906-1975), heads of state, actors, and artists came to spend the summer on Scorpius Island, and they attracted the curiosity of the Greeks and the press. In 1968, the billionaire married Jacqueline Kennedy, the widow of the murdered US President John F. Kennedy.

The remains of Onassis, his daughter Christina and his son Alexander are buried on the island. The tourism sector in Greece accounts for more than 20% of the GDP and provides thousands of jobs.

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