Tourism minister says airport strike will harm industry

September 13, 2010 14:58


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Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov said that the Ben Gurion Airport employees' strike coming at the height of Israel's best ever tourism year will severely harm the country's tourism industry, costing millions of shekels a day. The comments came in a letter Misezhnikov wrote to Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz on Monday.

Misezhnikov asked Steinitz to enter into intensive, fair and transparent negotiations with the Airports Authority workers regarding their pension rights, as anchored in government obligations in past years, in order to bring an end to the strike at the country’s national airport.

“The ramifications of a strike precisely now on incoming tourism to Israel will be very significant both in the short term, causing suffering to tourists and passengers who will have to wait for hours before entering or leaving Israel, and in the long term, harming Israel’s image as a welcoming, high-quality tourism country," added Misezhnikov.

The Tourism Minister has instructed the Israel Government Tourist Office at the airport to increase its activities in order to offer assistance to tourists at Ben Gurion.

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