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Greece has announced that it will offer a week-long free holiday to all those who’s holidays were cut short due to the fires on Rhodes.

Wildfires burned for several days on the island of Rhodes in July. Holiday homes and hotels were damaged and thousands of locals and tourists had to evacuate. Greece said it was one of the largest evacuations ever undertaken in the country.

Strong winds fanned the flames which then spread to the eastern and southern coasts of the island.

Rhodes, the ninth-largest of the Greek islands in the Mediterranean Sea, is a popular holiday destination and with tourism being the country’s main driver of economy, it was hit hard this summer.

Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Greece’s Prime Minister, said the Greek government has teamed up with local authorities to offer one week of free holidays on Rhodes next spring. Mitsotakis said the country wants to make sure tourists come back to the island and enjoy its natural beauty.

Image credit: Sky News

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