Greek prime minister promises free holidays for tourists

British tourists who had their holiday on Rhodes cut short by the forest fires have been promised a free trip by the Greek Prime Minister.

Around 20,000 tourists were evacuated from resorts in the south of Rhodes during the wildfires.

About 15 percent of the island was ravaged in the fires which led to emergency shelters being set up around Rhodes.

Greece’s Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, told ITV’s Good Morning Britain: “The island is perfectly back to normal.

“The Greek Government will offer one week of free holiday on Rhodes next spring or fall to all of those whose holiday was cut short by the forest fires.”

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The Greek Government has yet to clarify how the offer will work and what will be covered for eligible tourists.

The offer appears to exclude holidays in the peak summer season so tourists will need to opt for a spring or autumn trip instead.

It’s not yet known whether flights will be included in the offer or how holidaymakers will prove they are eligible for the deal.

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The Prime Minister said: “We have no active wildfires as we speak and the weather for the next 15 days looks relatively benign.”

He said that climate change had caused fires to become more intense in Greece in recent years.

While Rhodes was one of the worst affected holiday destinations in the fires, Corfu, Evia and Magnesis were also impacted.

In Rhodes, more than 2,000 people were evacuated, many of whom were tourists including Britons.

The incident led major holiday providers including Jet2 and TUI to cancel holidays to Rhodes.

Climate change has also caused dangerous fires in areas of Italy, including on the island of Sicily.

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