ECONOMY

Tourism industry to survive sinking

The country’s tourism industry is strong enough to withstand the impact of the recent sinking of a cruise liner in Santorini, said the Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises (SETE). It argued that the tourism economy here in Greece is particularly developed and along with shipping comprise more than just the two main pillars of growth for the economy, but also the country’s most competitive sectors on a global level. Greece’s tourism infrastructure ranks high internationally, according to a recent report by the World Economic Forum. The country’s tourism sector employs more than 800,000 people, which means than one in every six workers is involved in tourism, directly or indirectly. SETE suggested that the state is obliged to care for the institutional framework that will secure the safety of tourism activities, while it is the tourism companies’ obligation to take all possible measures to ensure tourists’ greatest possible safety. Finally, it is everyone’s obligation, should they care about tourism, to act responsibly by judging events calmly, always considering the size of the tourism economy and its importance to Greece. Exaggeration and generalizations, regardless of where they come from, can only hurt tourism, said SETE.

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