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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-04-19

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  • [01] Incoming tourism hit by air traffic disruption in Europe
  • [02] Jobs lost in construction sector
  • [03] Industrial turnover 3pct up

  • [01] Incoming tourism hit by air traffic disruption in Europe

    The cloud of volcanic ash that has covered a big part of Europe in the last five days, paralyzing European airspace, is causing big problems to tourists travelling to Greece, the Hellenic Association of Tourism and Travel Agencies (HATTA) said on Monday.

    Speaking to ANA, Mrs Anyfanti, general manager of Greek travel agents, said big tour operators were trying to shift their transport work through sea and land networks, with TUI forwarding a significant number of tourists to the port of Patra, western Greece.

    HATTA said a group of Belgian tourists travelling from Egypt, spent two nights in hotels in Heraclio, Crete, then they flew to Spain before taking a road transport to Belgium. More than 70 flights have been cancelled at the Heraclio airport in the period from Thursday until Sunday.

    The same problems were facing also Greek tourists travelling abroad and were seeking transport ways to return home.

    [02] Jobs lost in construction sector

    ANA-MPA/Building activity suffers a deep crisis for the third consecutive year, the largest such period since the end of World War Two, with a big part of contractor companies currently in dire conditions.

    These were the conclusions of a seminar organised by the Technical Chamber of Greece, bringing together construction and building companies, engineers, GSEE-Greece's largest trade union umbrella- workers, lawyers, home owners and representatives of the building materials industry.

    Addressing the seminar, Yiannis Panagopoulos, GSEE's president said the construction sector, which contributed both directly and indirectly with 15 pct of GDP and 17 pct to total employment the country, has lost 40,000 jobs in the last 12 months.

    [03] Industrial turnover 3pct up

    The turnover index in the industrial sector (measuring both the domestic and external markets) rose 3.0 pct in February, compared with the same month last year, after a decline of 26.9 pct recorded in February 2009, the Hellenic Statistical Authority said on Monday.

    The statistics agency said the average index in the 12-month period from March 2009 to February 2010, fell 18.7 pct after a decline of 0.9 pct recorded in the previous 12-month period.

    The new orders index in the industrial sector fell 5.7 pct in February, after a decline of 31.3 pct recorded in the corresponding month in 2009. The statistics agency attributed this development to a 13.4 pct drop in the domestic market index and a 6.7 pct increase in the external market index.

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