Travelmole in todays edition says:
Greece’s new tourism minister has acted quickly to calm fears that the country will limit all-inclusive resorts after new Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said they were bad for local economies.
Elena Kountoura, a former athlete who is now part of the right-wing Independent Greeks party in Tsipras’s coalition government, promised there would be no action against existing all-inclusive hotels.
“On the contrary, further upgrading the quality of these packages will boost and extend benefits in local markets and communities,” she said.
Tsipras, leader of the anti-austerity party Syriza, had suggested prior to his election this week that he wanted to curb mass tourism to Greece with a return to more traditional holidays, where visitors use local bars and restaurants.
Spekaing to the New York Times, he said all-inlcusives kept tourists within hotels and away from local businesses. He suggested that private developers who had bought government-owned land to build all-inclusives might see their licences revoked.
However, all-inclusive hotels contributed £1.5 billion to the Greek economy last year and Kountoura said this week: “No action will be taken against all-inclusive products.”