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Greek PM: “Climate change is an opportunity to expand tourism season”

Greece’s prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said that the Climate Change can be an opportunity for the country’s tourism.

In an interview with Bloomberg TV last Friday, the Greek PM said “Climate change is an opportunity to expand the tourism season,” reiterating in fact the permanent New Democracy doctrine that “every crisis is an opportunity, [for making money].

Mitsotakis said Greece country can benefit from a changing climate because it will help to attract visitors outside of the traditional summer months.”

“Greece is a lovely country to visit and not just during the very hot months
of July and August, we were able we have been able to expand our tourism season and attract significant investment in sustainable tourism.”
Interview transcript excerpt:
Journalist: I talked to people in Scandinavia and they think that they are going to be the big beneficiaries of this. They think that people will no longer want to travel to places like Greece if it’s 45 degrees and there are fires burning. What do you think the long term trajectory is for Greek tourism? If we are going to see this climate, this climate change sticking?
Mitotakis:People still enjoy the hot Mediterranean and they do want to come to the Mediterranean and to Greece in particular during the summer because
they like to spend time at the beach. If anything, I would argue that climate
change is an opportunity for us to expand our tourism season.

Yes, it may b e hard to come to Greece in July and August, but we will always have enough people interested to come to Greece during those two months.

But we have now more people interested in coming to Greece in March and April
or October and November, more people interested to come to visit our cities
year round.
And expanding our tourism season has always been an important priority for us, and I think that there will be more people who, given the choice, will choose not to take their holidays in July or August, not just because it may be too hot, but because it’s too crowded.
So for us, it’s a great opportunity to expand our tourism season and also to open new destinations on the mainland for people to explore. So there’s still going to it’s still going to be some time until the Scandinavian beaches or the Danish or
Swedish beaches are going to compete with the Greek beaches.

Journalist: I don’t see this happening anytime soon. I’ll pass that message on next time I see them. You did face some criticism, though, in the way that you handled the wildfires this year. What lessons do you think you learned?

Mitsotakis: Look, I mean, climate the climate crisis is is here and it’s here for good. We’ve always had wildfires in the Mediterranean, but we had particularly intense wildfires this year and we also had unprecedented floods. So it’s very clear that we need to focus more on short term adaptation.
And this is, of course, a case I’m also making to my European colleagues. We spend trillions of euros on long term mitigation, and rightly so, because we want to be leaders in the climate transition. But we also need to support people when
they lose their livelihoods, their houses, as a result of climate disasters today. So we need to be much more effective in dealing with these disasters. We’ve made good progress.
Full interview including transcript at Bloomberg TV.
Meanwhile on social media…

And meanwhile on wikipedia about Greece in particular and the Mediterranean basin in general:
“With rising temperatures, fires in Greece will become more common and severe, above the natural standard, leading to long-lasting damage. Climate change is furthering the likelihood of forest fires due to rising air temperatures, land use changes and lack of rainfall.”

PS Greek PM is right: Who cares about the forever damage of live-hood and economic basis for some 300,000 people in central Greece, the destruction of the forest in Evros, the fires on one of most touristic islands in the country, Rhodes.
They can all build a swimming pool inside their homes and play hoteliers.
And if one day there is no tourism, we can all go down as a fold and country.

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  1. I think the Prime Minister needs a brain transplant !

  2. Does he really think people will continue to flock here to be burned or drowned? We live here permanently but we are starting to think of going north for thr summer, and, of course, the extended tourist season …

  3. All of this is political theatre.

    The EU should sanction trade from all countries not abiding by the Paris agreements immediately. That should include first and foremost China who is building over THREE HUNDRED COAL POWER PLANTS over the next several years. Burning coal not only releases greenhouse gases but also toxic and radioactive materials all over China and furthering the ecological disaster it has become. India should be the next big target for this, as should Russia and many others not taking this issue seriously.

    And while many of the wildfires were deliberately set, the temperatures are clearly rising and we need real action, not incremental opportunism in one sector of the economy regardless of benefit.

    But again I ask: where is the EU in enforcing Paris Agreements and putting real teeth on controls for climate change?

  4. After the suffocating heat this summer,I’m definitely heading back to Edinburgh next year for a few weeks.Perhaps I should do a house swap! 😉