Almost all hotels are open again, while the infrastructure is largely unaffected by the fires.
The representative of the Association of Travel Agencies VUSR, Marija Linnhoff, who was in Rhodes a few days ago and formed her own opinion, said that it is absolutely possible to have a beautiful and trouble-free holiday in Rhodes again.
For his part, FTI's Chief Product Officer, Jan Mayer, was convinced of this. "The forest fires have been extinguished, the tourism infrastructure is functioning almost without restrictions and, with the exception of a few affected hotels, local hotels are operating at their usual high level of quality," he said.
Following the recent cancellations and the lack of last-minute bookings, FTI has already launched special offers for new bookings with discounts of up to 50%, for example for Mitsis Maris Resort & Spa and Mitsis Rodos Village, with flights from Munich.
The German Travel Agents Association (DRV) has good news for German holidaymakers who had to cut short their trip due to the forest fires or were unable to travel at all, as it is in contact with the Greek government on the issue of a free week's holiday for these travellers next year, announced by the Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
DRV, has already reached out to the Greek government to ensure that travel agencies and tour operators receive the necessary details.
According to the German tourism association, the crisis and security management of the German tourism industry has worked extremely well in the case of Rhodes, with DRV successfully playing its role as an intermediary interface between the tourism industry and the federal government.
For example, since the Greek authorities' evacuation plans became known, the association has organised numerous video and telephone conferences with the crisis management teams of tour operators. In addition, there was constant communication between the office and the chairperson of the crisis committee, Melanie Gerhardt, and the management centre at the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
According to the DRV, in the context of the evacuation of German travellers from the hotels they were staying in due to the fires, it has been proven once again that customers can be informed faster if they provide their mobile phone number when booking their trip.
On the other hand, Jet2 today announced the resumption of its programmes for the hotels in Kiotari and Yennadi, which were affected by the fire.