Greek tourism minister vows no action against all-inclusives

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An assurance has been given that no action will be taken against all-inclusive resorts in Greece.

The message came from the country’s new deputy minister for tourism Elena Kountoura.

She spoke out after media reports suggested that new prime minister Alexis Tsipras, leader of the triumphant anti-austerity party Syriza, had suggested mass tourism to Greece would be curbed with a switch to more the traditional holiday model where visitors use local bars, restaurants and attractions.

Kountoura, appointed following this week’s Greek national elections, said: “No action will be taken against all-inclusive products.

“On the contrary, a further quality improvement of all inclusive products will enhance the diffusion of the benefits of this specific tourism product in local markets and societies.”

Greece’s tourism portfolio is now part of the newly-founded Ministry for Economy, Infrastructure, Shipping and Tourism.

The new ministry will among other things oversee development and competitiveness, shipping, tourism and infrastructure.

A Thomas Cook spokesman told the Daily Mail earlier this week: ‘The change in government has no impact on our operations in Greece.

“As a tour operator, we are there to support our customers, who can be confident they can book their holidays to Greece with us without any concern.’

Abta and Sunvil chairman Noel Josephides said: “Whatever happens, it won’t be instantaneous. Local businesses feel they have been affected by all-inclusives, but it won’t be a priority.

“The Telegraph rang me asking whether people will be thrown out of hotels. It’s rubbish.”

Abta said previously in a statement: “All-inclusive holidays continue to grow in popularity, particularly among the family market.

“The Greeks should consider that they might risk losing this slice of the holiday market to other countries.

“There are pros and cons, and many all-inclusives are a vital source of employment for local people.”

Syriza has already said there will be no rise in VAT on hotels. Greece’s creditors wanted the rate to double in April.

Sourced from Travel Weekly

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