Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced that Greece will offer one week of free holidays to tourists who cut short their holidays on the island of Rhodes due to the fires. The offer will be due next spring or autumn on Rhodes.
Mitsotakis made the announcement during an interview with the show “Good Morning Britain” on the British television channel ITV on Wednesday.
The offer will be made in cooperation of the government with the local authorities on the island.
Talking about the wildfires, he emphasized that “no lives were lost in Rhodes, no injuries reported, we managed to evacuate 20,000 people very, very safely.”
“We understand that this caused some inconvenience for visitors but I am happy to report that Rhodes today is more welcoming than ever, the island is back to normal and for all those whose holidays were cut short by the wildfires, the Greek government in cooperation with the local authorities will offer one week of free holidays on Rhodes next spring and next fall, so that we make sure that they come back to the island and that they enjoy its natural beauty,” he added.
The PM also stressed that the fire, while devastating, had only affected 15% of Rhodes, which was now “back to normal.”
“We have always had wildfires in the Mediterranean for millenia. What has changed over the past years due to climate change is their intensity. Yes, we had a devastating fire on Rhodes but it affected less than 15% of the island. The island is perfectly back to normal, we have no active wildfires as we speak and the weather for the next 15 days looks relatively benign,” he said.
‘Rhodes today is more welcoming than ever, the island is back to normal.’
‘The Greek government will offer 1 week of free holiday on Rhodes next spring or fall for all of those whose holiday was cut short due to the wild fires.’
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) August 2, 2023
Mitsotakis did not revealed details of the free “Rhodes-Pass” for tourists, however, there is still time until next year…
He also did not revealed where the money will come from. It was probably clever to not disclose that Greek taxpayers will come up for the cost.