OPINION

Protecting the tourism sector

Tourism has for decades been Greece?s ?heavy industry? and it is even more important now that the economy hangs on a thin wire. Sure, no one should ban strikes or demonstrations during tourism season. But it can be asked of political parties and union groups to show a sense of responsibility at this crucial time.

The seamen?s strike during the Easter holidays, the endless protest rallies (which often turn violent) in the center of the capital and everything else that keeps tourists away from the country must be restrained.

Rightful as their demands may be, unions have a duty to protect the country against damage to the tourism sector. Political parties, and those who wish to hold rallies in the streets of Athens, could agree on a set of rules that will protect the capital and its tourism. Averting further economic disaster takes a great deal of responsibility and maturity.