Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis called on tourism employers to raise their salaries and improve working conditions in an address to the annual general meeting of the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE) on Wednesday.
Tourism, he said, “requires investments in human resources too, as it has to be attractive not only to visitors but also to those working in the sector; which points to better salaries and working terms,” Mitsotakis noted, referring to staff shortages.
The PM acknowledged the significance of tourism for the national economy and dubbed it “a multi-level lever of growth” and a “key pillar for the economy and a source of national wealth,” noting that the Greek brand is among the world’s top five.
He went on to highlight the “exceptional” prospects of tourism and promised that “the state is undertaking infrastructure upgrades from roads, ports and airports up to water supply and recycling, even a shift of education toward domains the economy and the labor market demand.”
SETE President Yiannis Retsos said in his own speech at the AGM that the central objectives of the industry are the maturing of the Greek destination and its inclusion in the major markets, through unity, cooperation with the government, and labor peace.