Tourism jobs high on talks agenda

Greece’s tourism sector, which accounts for about 20 percent of the economy, will play a crucial role in determining the country’s economic performance this year. Representatives of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE), a tourism employers’ group, met with officials of Greece’s largest private sector union GSEE yesterday to discuss the impact of the global slowdown on employment in the industry. The two sides agreed that safeguarding jobs should be among their top priorities. GSEE, which represents about 2 million workers, and SETE both called on the conservative government to speed up the implementation of support measures for the tourism sector.