Quotes like "mass protests in another tourists hotspot, Greece, will not have helped matters" do not assist anyone only those with a vested interest in tourists NOT coming to Greece. The whole of Europe is suffering, not least the UK, and it is certainly in the interests of politicians there to discourage tourism to any destination other than the UK.
Greece is a tourist hotspot, but what proportion of summer visitors spend their vacations in Athens? I suspect the motives of the men in the YouTube video, but their message is clear - the problems are in Athens not Corfu. If the disenfranchised are going to make a difference, that is where they will be effective - certainly not in Roda.
Talking to Eftichia yesterday, her daughter in Athens is still working - good news, you might think, until she tells you she has not received wages since last year. This cannot continue and one of the main lifelines is tourism. The casual and irresponsible use of the word 'widespread', when referring to unrest is intended to create panic. The Foreign Secretary would like the travelling public to believe that the protests are indeed 'distributed over a large area,' but it simply is not true. One wonders about the integrity of the media when they report unrest in Athens, but the deaths in cold weather, of over 600 people across Europe, go largely unreported. There is no money to made for 'UK Ltd' out of that information - yet!
I guess the key question is - has William Hague's statement been made for his purposes or for ours? There is no indication in this sleepy little backwater, that any resident has remotely considered leaving the island and the weather is still the main topic of conversation. The words 'kicking' & 'screaming' spring to mind ....
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Good video but to anyone who knows one of the presenters as we do, it would make me run a mile. Nuff said.
Yes 'lisydaly', since starting this thread and posting the link to the video, I have received a few 'PMs' expressing similar comments to yours.
However, without any previous knowledge of either of the presenters, I took the core content of the video at face-value and knowing it to be fundamentaly true, thought others may take it as such also, thereby hopefully allaying the possible fears or worries of potential visitors/tourists to Corfu (Roda, Acharavi etc.) - to the benefit of the resorts themselves and the Corifot communities.
Here is an extract from my reply to one of the 'PMs'
"..... Nevertheless, I still think that the concept of trying to alleviate any misplaced ideas, which some potential tourists to Corfu may have from the media cover of the violence and demonstrations in mainland Greece, is good ....."
Hopefully, you will be able to agree with my viewpoint!
lotta knowledge - not a little! However, my opinion doesn't really count as I've known and loved Corfu for 40 years,apart from one or two species of the local wildlife, but if it helps persuade others to holiday in Corfu, or anywhere in Greece - more power to it. There was a headline in the Irish Mail last week asking what to do if Greece defaults - and under the banner headline the answer - book a holiday there asap and they gave good reasons why, saying what a beautiful country Greece was. I'm sure if travel from here was cheaper (and travel to Corfu available - which it isn't unless you want split journeys and another mortgage) more Irish would go to Greece, regardless of the situation there. Might be nice to compare our opinions, seeing as both countrys are in the bucket brigade!
William Hague seems to have overstepped the mark again -
'British tour operators have reacted to a recent government recommendation that visitors to Greece register with the Foreign Office so they can be contacted in case of social turmoil in the country.
“To say... that Britons may be put at risk if the civil unrest in the country worsens is alarmist to say the least and very far from reality,” the UK Association of Independent Tour Operators said in a statement on Tuesday.'
Most of us realise that UK tour operators decide where people go on holiday. By fair means or foul, their customers are steered in the direction that makes the most profit, regardless of where the people really want to go.
In a somewhat hypocritical statement, ABTA, whose board is made up of tour company executives, has now leveled the same criticism at the UK government. They are correct in what they say of course, but they seem to be oblivious to the blatant double standards of their statement.
kaz: Just got on my 'puter..thanks for missing me!!...I am there in spirit (always)just wish my BODY was !!!never mind, next year with luck ( before I have to use a walking frame!!!)glad the weather is good for you all....hold on, just want to wipe the tears
Sept 11, 2019 19:50:02 GMT 2
kaz: Now my puter is playing up.......I cant win
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kaz: Hope Forum meetings are going well?? I miss them too xxxx
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kaz: Weather in Kent is very hot...........still not as nice as being in Roda!!!
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kaz: Nights are drawing in...curtains closed.....lights on.........just not looking forward to a long Winter again ( it comes round so quick!!)...Just Xmas to look forward to now, then the New Year and THEN holidays in Roda
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artisans: Be so good to see you again kaz ...
Oct 4, 2019 9:32:09 GMT 2
kaz: Thanks Steve.........hope I get to make it to Roda??
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johnreig: Has anyone got Spiros Banos apartment (Roda) details
Oct 8, 2019 14:15:36 GMT 2
artisans: Details on the thread ....
Oct 11, 2019 22:46:07 GMT 2
kaz: Hi Steve...has sent you email this evening ok
Nov 16, 2019 19:21:05 GMT 2
artisans: Hi kaz - have replied twice now ..
Nov 21, 2019 8:03:35 GMT 2
artisans: Hi kaz - we have what you wanted
Nov 21, 2019 15:03:35 GMT 2
janiemou: Kaz your tea is on its way to the UK, will be posted when it gets there
Dec 3, 2019 10:31:47 GMT 2
kaz: Thanks Jan n Steve....sorry, not been on 'puter for a while but sent you an email to-day.....will let you know when parcel arrives ok, thanks a lot for going to all the trouble for me...take care love Jan n Rosie xxxx
Dec 7, 2019 18:48:58 GMT 2
janiemou: Kaz we'll sort it out when I know the postage etc
Dec 10, 2019 11:45:57 GMT 2
janiemou: Hi Kaz, are you OK?
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