Is it safe to travel to Greece? Tourism minister makes plea to visitors as wildfires rage

As thousands are evacuated from the Greek islands of Rhodes and Corfu, there are concerns over the future of Greece’s future tourist industry as sweltering heat and future wildfires could hinder the viability of Greek tourism.

As wildfires sweep across Greece the effect on tourism is being felt.

The industry accounts for a large part of the country’s GDP, making up 18.5 per cent of the Greek economy last year.

Fires on the islands of Corfu and Rhodes have already seen mass evacuations of tourists. In Rhodes, 10 per cent of the island’s hotel capacity has been effectively shut down due to risks to both locals and holiday goers.

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