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Greece Invites German Retirees to Vacation in Greece this Winter

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Greek Tourism Minister Vasilis Kikilias invited German retirees to come to Greece this winter to avoid the cold. Credit: Public Domain

Greek Tourism Minister Vasilis Kikilias invited German retirees to come to Greece this winter to avoid the cold.

“Beloved Germans, spend you winter with us, on the beach!” an article covering Greece as a winter holiday destination featuring an interview with the Greek Minister of Tourism in the German newspaper Bild read.

“During the economic crisis, Germans saved the Greeks with billions—now, they want to pay us back with something: Greece is offering an escape” from the high costs of energy and heating, the article states.

Greece invites Germans to visit for winter

“Throughout the autumn and winter, it would be our pleasure as Greeks to welcome German retirees who want to live a ‘Mediterranean winter,'” Kikilias stated, which involves much milder temperatures than Germany. “We’re expecting you,” the Greek Tourism Minister stated to Bild.

The article also includes a statement from Panagiotis Simandirakis, mayor of the beautiful city of Chania in Crete.

“We invite every German who would like to come here this winter to spend time here… Chania is the perfect place for someone to spend the winter: warm, friendly people and possibly the best year-round weather in all of Europe,” the mayor of the historic city stated. We don’t even need heating at home.”

The article also included the prices for produce at farmer’s markets in Chania, 0.80 cents for a kilo of potatoes and 0.70 cents for tomatoes, which are much cheaper than in Germany.

Tourism in Greece recovering after pandemic

On Sunday, German tourism giant TUI stated that it expects a record-breaking number of tourists to visit Greece this year.

Aage Dünhaupt, TUI’s director of Communications, reported to AMNA on Sunday that interest in visiting Greece has skyrocketed this year.

In fact, the country’s summertime visitors this year may even top pre-pandemic numbers.

“Greece is again this summer one of the most popular holiday destinations,” Dünhaupt stated. “We expect the highest level of demand ever…In total the group is expected to bring around 3 million holidaymakers to Greece. A higher number of visitors than before the pandemic, when it was 2.8 million.”

The pandemic hit Greece’s tourism sector, one of the biggest parts of the country’s economy, hard, and this year’s tourist season may be an essential part in the country’s economic recovery after the pandemic.

Tourism makes up 20 percent of the Greek GDP and employs countless Greeks. According to experts, this year’s tourist season will likely bring in about 80 percent of the 18 billion euros ($18.33 billion) that were made in 2019 before the pandemic.

A total of 33 million arrivals are expected this summer compared to the 14 million of last year.

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