ECONOMY

GNTO decision ‘sends wrong message’

A stand belonging to the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) at an international exhibition in Italy is pictured in a file photo. The Association of Hellenic Tourism Enterprises (SETE) yesterday described a government decision to shut down one third of GNTO offices abroad as ‘hasty’ and ‘devoid of proper planning.’ ‘The closure of the offices could have been carried out more carefully with regard to the way it was communicated. This has sent a negative message to foreign companies we work with, harming already negative sentiment,’ SETE said in a statement. Late on Monday, Prime Minister George Papandreou said the GNTO offices will be closed as part of government efforts to cut spending and reduce a ballooning budget deficit.