Despite Economic Crisis, Turkish Tourists Flood Greece

August 17, 2018

Turkey’s growing economic crisis, with the lira plunging after the United States doubled tariffs on Turkish steel, isn’t keeping Turks from spending vacations in Greece, where they can get beer without being hassled and are spending, even if carefully.

The city of Alexandroupouli, population of 60,000, not far from the border, is booming thanks to the visitors, the German news site Deutsche Welle reported.

“We live mostly from Turkish tourists,” seafood restaurant owner Kyriakos Stogios said. “We didn’t know what to expect from them at first but now we know their presence is the best thing that could have happened to us.”

Being on the waterfront makes Alexandroupouli even more attractive, especially for wealthy Turks. Last year Turkish tourists accounted for 80 percent of the sales in the city and local businesses said the lira’s fall hasn’t kept the Turks from spending.

“Despite the fall in value in the lira, they can still eat for less here than in Izmir or Bodrum,” waiter Damianos Makarios told the site. “When someone pulls up in a car worth €140,000 ($160,000), you know the type of customer you are dealing with,” he said.

Hotelier Dimitris Xanthoulis, who owns a five-star facility, said the Turks want to gamble too. “There is a casino located right beside our hotel and with gambling banned in Turkey, Alexandroupoli has adapted cleverly to the demand,” he said, with Turkish tourists providing half the casino business.


PARIS (AP) — The Eiffel Tower reopened to visitors on Sunday after a six-day closure because of striking employees demanding better maintenance of the historic landmark, showing traces of rust, and salary hikes.

Top Stories


A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — It’s been nearly four months since a judge tossed out the results of a Democratic mayoral primary in Connecticut’s largest city due to allegations of ballot stuffing, sending voters repeatedly back to the polls and thrusting Bridgeport into an unflattering national spotlight.

ATHENS - Greece’s ministries of Foreign Affairs and Digital Governance said it will create a digital platform using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to identify and rebut fake news spreading lies about the country.

Michigan's presidential primary on Tuesday will offer a serious test of President Joe Biden's ability to navigate dissent within the Democratic Party over his response to Israel's war with Hamas.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Inflation has changed the way many Americans shop.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. [email protected]

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.