OPINION

The cost of a tragedy

The deaths of two British children on Corfu last week as a result of gas poisoning – that is, because certain people failed to do their job – have cast a long shadow on the good news about the record number of visits by foreign tourists to Greece. The tragic event hit the headlines of the foreign press, proving that Greece’s most profitable industry, tourism, is a fragile one. Tourism is based on a destination’s good name. Disasters such as the carbon monoxide poisoning at the luxury seaside resort in Gouvia cost human lives as well as economic growth. The authorities must act quickly to investigate the case and punish those responsible for the deaths of the children. It is the only way to minimize the damage. It is a question of justice and common sense.