Not all countries are receptive to the firing and launching of space touring rockets as Vassilis Kapernaros, a member of the political party Independent Greeks, discovered. He submitted a proposal for the transformation of the Kalamata International Airport to a rocket launch site, at Parliament. citing that Greece will be able to tap into space tourism.
The government was in opposition of an International Center for Space Tourism in Kalamata. According to greekreporter.com, Notis Mitarakis, the Deputy Minister of Development said that the country has yet to show any interest in the aerospace industry, while Michalis Chrysochoidis, the minister of infrastructure noted that such a project needs resources and infrastructure investments that Greece is not currently able to provide.
He added that an operation like this would cost millions of dollars that the country can’t afford, and also that the project would have to be cautiously approached because of “European and International regulations.”
Space1 has yet to approach the Greek government for a site proposal to create a spaceport. It's likely Space1 will approach other countries first and during that transitional time period, the country of Greece will realize the vast revenue that space tourism can generate, and undoubtedly warm up to hosting and funding the proposal.