OPINION

Changing the mind-set in the Greek tourism sector

In your editorial of February 4 («Tonic for growth»), there were words to the effect that the future of the Greek economy lay in tourism. Whilst not disagreeing, I would point out that tourism in Greece has been declining for the past four years. Has anyone taken the trouble to analyze why? Tourism in Greece will continue to wane until there is a different mind-set among those providing the services to tourists. They simply cannot continue to increase prices with impunity. They have to offer better service for the money they charge. If they do not then foreign competition – including Turkey – will continue to eat into tourist arrivals to Greece. CHRIS BILSON,Rethymnon, Crete.