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Tourists in Greece witness history

Sunday, July 05, 2015 - 01:45

With Greeks voting in their historic referendum, tourists watch the spectacle with hope and wonder. Sean Carberry reports.

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STORY: The changing of the guard in Athens today might be more than symbolic. Tourists watching the daily ritual could be seeing the beginning of the end of Greece's membership in the eurozone and the EU. As officials tally the votes from the historic referendum, tourists like Lucia from Bolivia hope for the best. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TOURIST LUCIA FROM BOLIVIA, SAYING: "If they are out of the euro zone it is bad for everybody. It's bad for Germany, it's bad for France, it's bad for Greece, so I hope they vote yes." Riccardo from Spain, a country that's had its own economic struggles, thinks the referendum is a good idea. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TOURISTRICCARDO FROM SPAIN, SAYING "So, whatever the result is today, I think they will continue in the European Union. If it's a 'No', they will have more power to negotiate, if it's a 'Yes', they will have less." Despite the cloud over Greece, the sun is still shining on the island of Naxos. Visitors like Epsen from Norway say they want Greece to stay in Europe, (SOUNDBITE) (English) TOURIST ESPEN FROM NORWAY, SAYING "We are going to stay here, we are going to support the Greeks, and do what we can, and hopefully Greek people will join together and form good economic progress." The Greek government has said that tourists should not be affected by the referendum and limits on ATM withdrawals. But, hotels have seen a surge in cancellations. Frederick from Denmark was not going to be deterred (SOUNDBITE) (English) TOURIST FREDERICK FROM DENMARK, SAYING. "Yes, yes, we would have arrived, whatever may happen. Of course, if the airport should close down or something like that, it will be difficult, but we wanted to travel to Greece." But, travel could get more difficult if Greece becomes the first country to exit the euro.

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Tourists in Greece witness history

Sunday, July 05, 2015 - 01:45