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Crisis won't affect tourists, says Greece

Greece rushed on Monday to assure tourists that their holidays would be untouched by the restrictions imposed to protect the tottering banking system.

The Greek government on Sunday ordered banks to close for a week and imposed capital controls as it lurched toward a default in a dramatic standoff with international creditors who have been keeping the country solvent.

But it stressed that credit or debit cards issued abroad would be unaffected by a 60 euro per day limit on withdrawals from cash machines.

It is asked to travel agents to kindly reassure their clients/partners that their reservations, transfers, excursions or any other service booked have not been affected in any way due to the previous and present situation in Greece.

  • Guests have unlimited access to the Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) to withdraw cash up to the daily limit of their credit and debit card, as set by their own banks in their home country as well as full and unobstructed use of their debit or credit card. The daily restriction concerns only the Greek people.
  • Gas is available at all gas stations.
  • No strikes or protests have been scheduled within the next days.
  • Finally but also as important as all of the above: the Greek people still remain as hospitable and kind as they have been all the previous years ready to offer all tourists unforgettable holidays in sunny Greece.

The German tour operator TUI said on Monday its packages were unaffected by the restrictions, and that Greece remained one if its most popular destinations. “For our customers, this (the crisis) not an issue,” a spokesman said.

Thomas Cook told its holidaymakers travelling to Greece to take euros in small denominations, but stressed that the country remained “great value.”

“A Greek exit from the eurozone would have little impact on the holidays customers have already booked with us, as all pre-paid services are provided by Thomas Cook,” it said in a statement.

The Greek Tourism Ministry said it did not expect tourists to suffer, saying in a statement that it “does not expect any inconvenience… either on the islands or in mainland Greece, as there are adequate fuel supplies, products and services.”

“It’s positive that visitors won’t have any immediate problem from capital controls”, said Yiannis Retsos, head of the Association of Athens Hoteliers.

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She has many years of both academic and industrial experience within the travel industry. She has written/edited numerous articles in various tourism magazines.