Athens Hotels See No Rise in Q1 Occupancy Levels, Urge Crackdown on Unlicensed Accommodation

Resorts in Athens noticed no improve in occupancy within the first quarter of the 12 months regardless of a progress of 6.1 % in arrivals to the Greek capital throughout the identical interval, the Athens-Attica & Argosaronic Lodge Affiliation mentioned on Thursday.

In response to knowledge launched by the affiliation, the distinction in lodge occupancy in contrast with the identical interval final 12 months is 0.0 %, whereas the variation within the common room charges (ARR) and income per out there room (revPAR) are mounted from April to the charges of 0.0 % and -0.3 % respectively.

The affiliation mentioned that by trying on the knowledge it’s as soon as once more confirmed that guests have been misplaced to unlicensed and untaxed “tourism” lodging lodges (short-term residence leases), stating that the “hole” amongst vacationer arrivals at Athens airport and occupancy in accommodations is rising.

Weighted on rooms out there in Attica accommodations of 5* – 3*, excluding the islands and Piraeus. Supply: GBR Consulting

In response to a examine carried out by Grant Thornton for the Hellenic Chamber of Resorts in October 2015, in only one 12 months, the Greek state has misplaced 350 million euros in taxes.

The affiliation underlined that the hospitality sector remains to be ready for the creation and instant software of a brand new stricter operational and taxation framework for short-term residence leases, as introduced final 12 months by the Minister of Economic system, Growth and Tourism Yiorgos Stathakis and Alternate Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura.

“As an alternative, it was determined for hoteliers to be taxed once more, with a further ENFIA tax“, the affiliation pressured, additionally referring to different prices such because the so-called “occupancy tax” to take impact in 2018, quite a lot of oblique levies in addition to to the hike in value-added tax (VAT) — prices that put a heavy burden on accommodations.

The affiliation known as on the federal government to scrap the extra ENFIA tax and accumulate income from actions which have been “defiantly left intact and are a supply of tax evasion”.