The Greek Government Offers Vouchers to Evacuated Rhodes Holidaymakers

Following the wildfires that prompted evacuations from Rhodes last July, the Greek government has introduced the Rodos Week initiative, aiming to provide vouchers to affected tourists. These vouchers, worth up to €500 (£430), are tailored for those evacuated from hotels during the specified period in July 2023. However, it’s important to note that individuals who lodged with AirBnBs are not eligible for this assistance. The vouchers are designated for seven-night stays at participating hotels.

Eligible holidaymakers have two distinct time frames during which they can utilise these vouchers: the spring season, spanning from 10 April to 31 May, and the autumn period, running from 1 October to 15 November. The value of the vouchers is contingent upon the original booking details that were disrupted by the evacuation. For instance, individuals who had reservations at a three-star hotel in a triple room would receive vouchers valued at €300. Moreover, to avail themselves of these vouchers, tourists must book a minimum stay of seven consecutive nights.

To facilitate the distribution of vouchers, the Greek Ministry of Tourism is actively compiling a comprehensive list of affected individuals. This compilation process relies on data provided by hotels across Greece and various tour operators. If individuals find themselves on the roster of affected tourists, they should have already received an email containing instructions for completing the registration process.

Last summer’s heatwave, characterised by temperatures exceeding 40°C (104°F) throughout Greece, intensified the prevalence of wildfires, notably impacting Rhodes and Corfu. In response to these environmental challenges, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis emphasised the gravity of the situation, acknowledging the global imperative to address climate change. He underscored the Mediterranean region’s vulnerability to climate-related crises, urging concerted efforts to mitigate these challenges. Notably, July 2023 marked a historic milestone, as it was recorded as the hottest month on record by the United Nations.

Additionally, amidst growing concerns over climate change, the wildfires serve as a stark reminder of the urgent need for global action to combat environmental crises and safeguard vulnerable communities.

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