UN tourism head praises Athens on refugees
The head of the United Nations tourism body praised Greece yesterday for its reception of more than 1 million refugees at the peak of the migration crisis in 2015. Taleb Rifai, a Jordanian who is secretary-general of the United Nations World Tourism Organization, said that “Greece was correct in receiving them... by correct I mean abiding by international law. That’s why you were not penalized by tourists,” he said of the country. Greek tourism revenues are seen rising by up to 9 percent in 2017, and arrivals have been rising for years.