Whereas Greece was already struggling a decline in customer numbers, the tourism sector was examined in July with disruptions to flights and an ongoing strike by fuel-truck drivers that led to gasoline shortages throughout the nation.
In late July Greek air site visitors controllers launched a “work-to-rule” protest towards pension reform plans and a halt to new recruitment.
The motion, which didn’t enable all plane to method Greek air house, hit airline passengers with frequent departure delays.
“Our opponents are ready across the nook,” President of the Hellenic Federation of Hoteliers Andreas Andreadis stated throughout an interview on a Greek radio present.
“Whereas Turkey sees a 20 p.c income enhance, we could have earnings drop by 10 p.c this yr,” he stated.
The state of affairs in Greek airports returned to regular on 27 July after the air site visitors controllers reached a compromise with the transport ministry.
Nonetheless, Greek truck drivers then went on strike in protest towards authorities plans to liberalize their, till now, “closed career.” The strike motion resulted to gasoline stations all through Greece operating out of gas.
“Greek tourism, following the financial disaster, the occasions of Might, the closing off of the Acropolis and central accommodations in Athens, the frequent closing off of the town heart, the prevention of passengers boarding cruise ships, now has to face airport delays and lack of gas,” the Affiliation of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) had stated in an announcement.
SETE underlined the strike’s damaging influence on the tourism sector since home vacationers confronted issues of operating out of gasoline whereas vacationers had been prevented from coming to Greece by automobile from neighboring nations (Bulgaria, Romania, and many others.).
On its half, the Hellenic Affiliation of Journey and Vacationer Businesses (HATTA) puzzled when everybody would lastly present concern for the nation’s common curiosity.
“Greek tourism, the nation and the financial system itself cannot proceed to dwell with this horror on daily basis… Does the nation really should collapse for individuals to know this?” HATTA puzzled.
The Tradition and Tourism Ministry introduced final month that vacationers “stranded” in Greece on account of extraordinary occasions (strikes or pure disasters) would obtain compensation of fifty euros per day, for a interval of two days, to cowl lodging and meals.