Hotel Chamber Calls for Greek PM’s Intervention Over Rumored New Tax on Accommodation

Hellenic Chamber of Accommodations President Yiorgos Tsakiris has sought Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ intervention to stop the rumored new tax on resort lodging per evening from turning into a actuality. The resort chamber is an institutional advisor of the state for tourism.

The tax on motels, which is alleged to be primarily based on occupancy charges, has not but been outlined however it’s anticipated to return into drive from early 2017. In response to reviews, preliminary estimates level to a cost of two euros per evening’s keep per particular person.

In a letter to the Greek PM on Monday, Mr Tsakiris expressed his nice concern and opposition “to such a damaging perspective, which is able to give the ultimate blow to Greek motels and subsequently Greek tourism”.

Citing knowledge from the Institute for Tourism Analysis and Forecasts (ITEP), the chamber’s president mentioned that the introduction of a tax on lodging models per evening is not going to solely undermine this tourism season but in addition Greek tourism’s competitiveness.

“After the doubling of the worth added tax (VAT), the abolition of the lowered VAT charges on the islands and sustaining quite a few fees (resembling copyright charges) that dangerously burdens the operation of motels, the Greek resort trade cannot take in any additional tax hikes”, he mentioned within the letter.

Mr Tsakiris underlined that the brand new tax would impression the tourism demand within the nation with a direct discount within the variety of arrivals.

To learn the chamber’s letter to the Greek PM (in Greek), press right here.