The prospect of Greece leaving the euro has had little effect on Dutch holidaymakers’ plans but people are being advised to make sure they take plenty of cash with them, the Telegraaf reports on Monday.
Tens of thousands of people from the Netherlands will head for Greece in the next few weeks. Tour operator ANVR says it has no indication that people are cancelling their holidays.
Apart from the need to take cash ‘we are convinced everything else is working fine in Greece,’ ANVR director Frank Oostdam told the paper. Greek banks will be closed all week and ATM withdrawals are being limited to €60, although according to the BBC, this does not apply to foreign bank cards.
‘Let’s not be too difficult about this. We’re going on holiday,’ Judith Veldman from Leeuwarden, who left for an eight-day break on Kos, told the Telegraaf on Sunday evening.
Dutch holiday company Corendon said holidaymakers who run short of cash will be able to obtain money from their local representative. ‘We are making sure there is enough cash on all seven islands we use,’ a spokeswoman told the Telegraaf. ‘If people cannot use ATMs, they can “buy” cash via our website.’
So far, no one has cancelled because of the crisis although there have been fewer late bookings, the spokeswoman said.
According to the Financieele Dagblad, Dutch dairy company FrieslandCampina has paid its workers in Greece their salaries in advance as a precaution.
In addition, the company has increased the stockpile of long-life products such as baby food. FrieslandCampina is the biggest dairy company in Greece, the paper says.
A spokesman said the company is working to ensure the continuity of its operation there. ‘We are taking all possible scenarios into account, even a Grexit,’ a spokesman told the paper.
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