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« on: Wednesday, 28 March, 2018 @ 22:33:08 »
‘Poverty tourism’: Guardian slammed for $3,500 Greek vacation focusing on financial & refugee crises

The Guardian has come up with a new form of Greek tourism. It's selling a "fascinating exploration" of the effects of the financial and refugee crises – for $3,500. The internet has more than a few things to say on the matter.

The trip has been organized by the British newspaper, exclusively for its readers. It's being pitched as an "educational and informative" tour of modern Greece, led by the newspaper's Greece correspondent Helena Smith and local journalist Manos Stefanakis.

At the cost of £2,500 ($3,500), British vacationers will seemingly get to gawk at a poorer EU nation and "look at the lessons that can be drawn for the rest of Europe."

The seven-day tour includes a firsthand look at the refugee crisis in Samos, where "small boats from Turkey bring their human cargo from Palestine and Syria in the dark to the island." If that's a bit too heavy for a weary traveler, never fear. Vacationers get "time off for lunch in the island's capital Vathy."

The notion of refugee- and financial-crisis tourism has struck more than a few chords on the internet. “As if Greece hasn't been through enough without a bunch of Guardian readers trouncing around on safari,” Twitter user John Johnston wrote. “Alternatively, save your £2.5k and go and visit Greece like a normal person and help support local businesses…”

Looks like the holiday has been pulled from the Guardian website:

So here's a cached version of the ad