ECONOMY

ESEE: Sunday opening for resort stores

Representatives of the National Confederation of Greek Commerce (ESEE) asked on Monday Tourism Minister Olga Kefaloyianni for legislation to be passed allowing stores at the country’s summer and winter tourism resorts to open for business on any given Sunday.

The president of the confederation, Vassilis Korkidis, told Skai Radio on Monday that it would be a serious blow to retail commerce should stores across the country be given the option of opening 52 Sundays per year, and not just six, as the country’s trade industry desires. He added that at tourism destinations such as the islands or the winter resort of Karpenisi, stores already open on Sundays, because that is when they do their briskest trade. ESEE is asking that this practice also be passed into law, and thus legalized.

Meanwhile a survey by the ESEE’s Commerce and Services Institute will attempt to record, for the first time, the ideas and opinions of domestic and foreign tourists regarding the operation and services offered by retail stores. The aim of the study is to identify the strong and weak points of tourism markets, to find out more about tourists’ consumer behavior and to improve the services supplied.