Greece announces details of free hotel stays for Rhodes fire victims

Free stays in Rhodes Rodos Week
By Linsey McNeill
02/04/2024
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Greece has released details of the free hotel stays it promised thousands of tourists – including many Brits – who were evacuated during last July’s wildfires in Rhodes.

Under its ‘Rodos Week’ programme, the Greek Ministry of Tourism will issue vouchers for stays of six nights from 4 April to 31 May 2024, and from 1 October to 15 November 2024.

Guests who were evacuated should have received an email informing them that they’ve been registered for an e-voucher under the ‘Rodos Week’ programme by their tour operator, travel agency or hotel. Those who haven’t received an email must apply here before 4 April.

Only visitors who were evacuated from hotels on Rhodes during the wildfires are eligible for the vouchers; those who fled from self-catering apartments or Airbnbs are not included in the programme. Each eligible adult will receive a voucher for the free accommodation.

As a condition of the e-voucher, the Greek Ministry of Tourism said: “A prerequisite is for the beneficiaries to complete seven overnight stays in Rhodes – six consecutive nights in a hotel of their choice, which, however is registered in the Hospitality Hotels Registry created for this purpose.”

The Ministry has not yet published a list of hotels participating in the programme.

Further information can by found from the Ministry of Tourism in English here.

There has been some confusion on social media since details of the scheme were announced, with some people believing the vouchers are for a maximum of €500, but UK Director of the for Greek National Tourism Organisation Eleni Skarveli confirmed the limits stated in the official announcement refer to the amount of compensation issued to hotels, not guests.

“Guests should not worry about the cost,” she said, adding that they will be accommodated in hotels ‘similar or even higher’ to their original visit, depending on availability.

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