Greece is making an unprecedented offer to tourists that amounts to a free travel
It says it will cover the extra costs for any tourists stranded in the country as a result
of industrial action or natural disaster.
The offer is part of an effort to improve Greece’s image, which has been damaged
by strikes and protests over government austerity measures. Strikes are continuing,
although the number of violent clashes has eased.
Greek tourism also suffered the effects of the volcanic eruption in Iceland, which
blocked air routes.
“We are guaranteeing to cover the extra room and board any visitor in Greece pays
even if stuck here because of a volcano in Iceland,” said the Culture and Tourism
Minister, Pavlos Geroulanos.
Tourism generates almost 20 per cent of the nation’s income, but industry experts
say bookings are down by about ten per cent. Mr Geroulanos said tourism
seemed to be recovering, although it was too early to make accurate forecasts.
by Andy Moreton
Luxique offers a range of luxury hotels in Greece and the Greek islands.