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Job Cuts in Tourism Sector

During the conference, Member of Parliament Angela Gerekou, responsible for tourism issues for PASOK party, questioned the zoning law for tourism drawn up by the Ministry for Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works. "How can a zoning law for tourism be drawn up without the tourism ministry having a say in the process?" she wondered.

During the conference, Member of Parliament Angela Gerekou, responsible for tourism issues for PASOK party, questioned the zoning law for tourism drawn up by the Ministry for Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works. “How can a zoning law for tourism be drawn up without the tourism ministry having a say in the process?” she wondered.

The economic crisis has already affected tourism occupations as enterprises are planning layoffs and pay cuts, according to Christos Polyzogopoulos, president of the Economic and Social Council of Greece.

Speaking at a recent seminar, Mr. Polyzogopoulos pointed out that 90,000 people in the tourism sector may lose their jobs this year.

“The government should take immediate measures to support tourism and employment with an integrated strategy,” he said.

The President of the Association of Tourism Enterprises, Nikos Angelopoulos, predicted that the situation will worsen as “during a crisis, the first thing enterprises see to is the dismissal of workers from their positions in order to reduce labor costs.”

Leonidas Karathanasis, president of the Panhellenic Federation of Catering and Tourism Industry Employees, demanded that the state take action against the consequences that affect employees due to the crisis.

“Many tourism enterprises made job cuts as early as October 2008 as a ‘precaution’ against the crisis,” he said.

On his part, Tourism Minister Kostas Markopoulos assured the audience that the tourism ministry would make every effort to maintain jobs in the tourism sector.

He also underlined the positive impact of the planned zoning law for tourism.

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Nikos is Greek-American born in New York, USA, and has lived in Greece for over 30 years. He is the managing editor of Greece's leading monthly travel and tourism guide, the Greek Travel Pages (GTP) since June 2008 and of news site GTP Headlines since its launch in September 2012. Nikos has also served as international press officer for the City of Athens and for the mayor. He has a degree in Mass Media and Communications, specializing in Journalism. Nikos is a native English speaker and speaks Greek fluently.

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