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German Tourists Give Up On Greece

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German touristsThe bad blood between Greece and Germany will take its toll this summer as only 0.8 percent of Germans said they plan to visit Greece for vacations. The startling statistic was presented by Ulrich Reinhardt of the Foundation for Future Studies who carried out the study, according to Deutsche Welle.

In 2012 the percentage of Germans who spend their holidays in Greece was 1.7 percent, Reinhardt said. In 2009, before the debt crisis broke out, the figure was 3.3 percent he said.

Greece’s tourism industry, crucial to its ailing economy, has been hit hard by political turmoil and economic uncertainty. German tourists are put off by reports of anti-German sentiment in some places and television images of strikes and anti-austerity riots, tour operators have said.

Greece’s “image problem,” Reinhardt said, is driving tourists to alternative tourism destinations such as Turkey, Italy and Spain. “Greeks must make it clear to the Germans that they are welcome in the country. It is very important that there is less news about strikes in Greece and more positive reports about the economy,” he said.

Some Greek lawmakers are insisting that Germany pay reparations for WWII and even return gold and other valuables stolen from Greece, and many Greeks blame German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose country is putting up much of the cost of international bailouts, for insisting on harsh austerity measures in return.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/ange.kenos Ange T Kenos

    First, tourists are always welcome unless they are pigs. But what I liked most here was “Some Greek lawmakers are insisting that Germany pay reparations for WWII and even return gold and other valuables stolen from Greece, and many Greeks blame German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose country is putting up much of the cost of international bailouts, for insisting on harsh austerity measures in return.”

  • Alex

    Relative to places to china…. Greece has extremely high wages. I recommend you open a book before embarrssing yourself further “idiot”.

    http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-07/06/content_15555503.htm

    Don’t suppose you are Skopian “alex prime minister” under yet on more of his handles? You sure sound like him.

  • Alex

    All the evasion in the world still doesn’t change the fact you keep changing handles and politics. So why do you constantly defend communists and Skopians under your various aliases if you claim to be GD supporter now dear?

  • Alex

     Melo elinika vlaka. Nomizes yiati kai ese melas elinika oti mas korithevies? Ama less oti esi xrisi avyi tote yiate voythas toous SKopianous kai Kommuniste?

  • Alex

    Hey Skopian… why don’t you explain to Choralife why you keep changing handles here, keep chanign your politics, and keep defendin Skopians, communists and any apologists for Skopians?

  • Alex

    Only to someone that is too stupid to understand what I am implying.
    .

  • Alex Prime Minister of Greece

    ΔΕΝ ΜΙΛΑΣ ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΑ, ΑΠΟ ΤΗΝ ΣΤΙΓΜΗ ΠΟΥ ΟΥΤΕ GREEKLISH ΜΠΟΡΕΙΣ ΝΑ ΓΡΑΨΕΙΣ ΕΙΣΑΙ ΒΛΑΚΑΣ!

  • Alex

     Hey Skopian… why do you keep changing handles, keep changing politics, keep supporting pro-FYROM statements?

    Didn’t you claim to support GD recently. Rather odd you would constantly defend communists no?

  • Alex Prime Minister of Greece

    I showed your statement to 5 different people and they are laughing at you

  • Alex

     You know I speak Skopian. You are just trying to change the subject now that i’ve exposed you.

    Again, why don’t you explain why you keep changing handles, keep changing politics, and constantly align yourself with pro-Skopian parties? Rather odd if you claim to be Golden Dawn support now no?

  • Alex Prime Minister of Greece

     People from the US like you are the reason why Americans are hated world wide

  • Alex Prime Minister of Greece

     I didn’t ask if you speak Bulgarian or Skopian or Romanian. I asked if you can speak Greek.

  • Alex

     Malakes les yia na kripsis oti easi skopianos.

  • Alex

     Sure Skopian. Keep attacking the number one critic of Skopians on this website.

  • Alex

     And were all five people you under different handles? Why don’t you tell everyone here why you keep changing handles Bobby v?

  • Alex

     I have spoken Greek to you many times Skopian. This is just another example of you repeatedly trying to destract attention away from the fact you keep supporting Skopian apologists and attacking anti-Skopians.

    Your Greek isn’t foolling me Stopian.

  • Alex

     And I didn’t ask you your thoughts on me. I asked you why you keep changing handles, politics, and keep supporting pro-Skopian causes?

  • Nancy

    More like the Big German Tour operators gave up on Greece….squeezing the hotel oweners dry and then bailing out on the hotels/contracts…. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OYG7TRHWU2AIDSI4M3B2PE2BHA Paul Johnston PhD

    Forget the arrogant Germans. They are only good at making Wars anyway, and are now trying to take over Greece with their new “Weapons of Financial Destruction”! You would think they have learned something after starting 2 World Wars and losing, but they have not.

  • Alex Prime Minister of Greece

     I keep responding under Alex Prime Minister of Greece….I have no idea who Bobby is.  Alex you are a joke….you are the number one idiot on here.

  • Alex Prime Minister of Greece

    By the way you write Greek I can tell you have no idea how to speak or write Greek….It is sad that your parents in the US never taught you Greek.  What kind of Greeks are they?  Shame on them!

  • Alex Prime Minister of Greece

    Why would anyone ask for thoughts on themselves….

  • Eleni

    Interesting enough that Germans who are the by far loudest Antigreeks are welcome and are welcomed by X.A.:
    http://www.grreporter.info/en/golden_dawn_brings_german_neonazis_greek_parliament/8700
    This are the comrades of the NSU Neonazi terrorists who murdered Theodoros Boulgarides

  • Alex

    Nice try Skopian.

    You both accidentally have responded to your posts under your different handles  and accidentally posted US basketball scores  as a rebuttle under one of those handles (bobby v) AND you “alex prime minister” id).

    You are also an idiot this is giving away a bunch of other clues as to your other handles but  I am not going to tell you what they are you creepy lying stalker.

  • Alex

    The Skopian troll pretending he cares about greece again.

    Why should any actual Greek with half a brain be against Merkel for ejecting billions of German taxpayer money into our economy? I fail to see how she or Germany are responsible for our situation. Blame Germany for WW2  is fair but blaming it for our current debt situation like some anarchists and communists do is plain absurd.

    You and your Skopian relatives still owe Greeks money for the damages you caused us both as communists and Nazis. Unfortunately your homeland of Yugoslavia is even worse state so their is no money for you to pay back. Even the giant made in Italy Alexander statue your government built and Skopje building project was funded primarily by foreign credit.

  • Alex

     Stil evading answering Skopian.

  • Alex

     I really don’t care what you believe Skopian.

  • Alex Prime Minister of Greece

    Everyone can tell that you don’t care…because your parents did a very bad job with raising you….not true Greeks!

  • Alex Prime Minister of Greece

    Can you specifically tell us where the Germans have ejected these billions of Euros?  Remember this is the Greek economy, not yours….you have never lived here and have no idea of how Greece works or runs….We would like specifics of where the money is being ejected….

  • Alex

     There is no “us” here Skopian. You are just a manipulator that is anti-government because you know it opposes you Skopians. You want the communists to win the next election so you come on this website under a wide number of different handles pretending to be Greeks and foreigners to trick Greeks.

  • Alex Prime Minister of Greece

    I agree there is no “US” here, you live in the USA while US Greeks in Greece are going through our struggles.  I want you to win the next elections Alex.  

  • Alex

     Dear Skopian false flag,

    On your current handle you claim to be a
    Golden Dawn supporter. We are still waiting to see all your
    anti-communist and anti-Skopian posts Mr. Golden Dawn.

  • Adedorus

    Greece is expecting 17 million tourists this year – an all times record.
    Less tourists from decadent Europe, more from elsewhere. No problem!