OPINION

Protecting a key asset

Tourism has emerged as the only real “heavy industry” in Greece to have weathered the crisis so it is not only a question of duty that everyone protect it but also interest.

To begin with, measures need to be taken to curb the fools and rabble-rousers who cause trouble in the capital so often. These incidents are seen all around the world and make potential visitors wonder about their safety.

Major tourism operators have also expressed reservations about the number of migrants arriving on Greece’s islands and the state’s inability to find suitable accommodation for them.

But the biggest challenge, of course, is to lay to rest concerns that Greece may default or be kicked out of the eurozone. The prospect of any instability that could arise from any of these eventualities is very harmful right now.

A sense of normality and certainty needs to be restored so that tourism continues to operate smoothly and contribute to the country’s future growth.