Published on : Friday, March 30, 2018
Yesterday the title removed an advert for the “Greece and The Euro” trip – which would have discovered the effect of financial and refugee emergencies on the country – from its online holiday listings.
After the trip was shared on social media, it was tagged “crisis tourism”.
Through a commercial team, the holiday was organized and had no editorial involvement whatsoever, Press Gazette understands. Smith had confirmed to provide a talk but had no additional association with the project, Guardian News and Media explained.
The listing was part of a trial by The Guardian with Political Tours, a travel company managed by Nicholas Wood, former New York Times Balkans correspondent that targets to “take people beyond the headlines”.
Guardian News and Media is not associated with the company anymore.
To quote the advert, “Join The Guardian’s Greece correspondent, Helena Smith, on this fascinating exploration of the ongoing impact of the financial and refugee crises in Greece.
Our tour starts in the vineyards of Samos, a picturesque island just a mile from Turkey, and then moves on to the capital Athens. We move from remote farms to city suburbs and the nation’s parliament to gain the views of ordinary people, NGOs, businesses, and politicians along the way. Leading analysts and Helena will be on hand throughout and you’ll get to ask your own questions and draw your own conclusions about some of the most crucial issues affecting Europe and Greece today.”