It might not have been noticed by many, but over the last weekend, Greece’s archaeological sites and museums started their summer seasonal hours of operation. However, the revised opening hours were not clearly coordinated and left many confused.
The Culture Ministry has not yet published the summer opening and closing times, which confused both employees as well as tourists, Kathimerini reported.
There are also claims of the Culture Ministry’s lack of organization impacting the start of the tourist season. For example, employees also told Kathimerini that following the Culture Ministry’s announcement last week that 1,314 guards were newly hired to cover the extended hours of operation during the summer season, that none of them had reported for duty the first weekend of the season.
There is much pressure on the Culture Ministry when it comes to the tourism sector. Just last month, head of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE), Andreas Andreadis told Reuters that the tourist sector is expected to flourish in 2017, aiming at a 2.7 percent growth with revenues reaching up to 14.5 billion euro — something vital for the recovery of the Greek economy which relies on tourism for around 18 percent of its GDP and is responsible for creating one out of every five jobs.