The federal government is suspending till 2018 a brand new levy that was to be charged on lodging this yr, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras mentioned through the twenty fourth annual normal meeting of the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE) on Thursday.
Rumors that the levy (primarily based on occupancy charges, per night time keep) can be imposed on resorts of greater than two stars and rooms over two keys this yr had been circulating for a while and had sparked offended reactions from tourism professionals and affiliation representatives.
SETE President Andreas Andreadis referred to the so-called “occupancy tax” as “outrageous” and “completely absurd” throughout his opening speech on the meeting, including that it could be a “tombstone” for tourism companies.
Nevertheless, throughout his speech, the Greek PM mentioned that the federal government managed to delay the additional resort levy measure.
“Regardless of the insistence of lenders, we managed to place off its induction till 2018 as an alternative of this yr. And I believe that is essential so the tour operators could make their needed plans with out further prices for 2016 and 2017”, Mr Tsipras mentioned. It’s famous that the levy was included in a 1.8 billion euro package deal of oblique taxation agreed between the federal government and worldwide collectors.
Extra into his speech, the prime minister referred to tourism as a “supply of optimism” within the troublesome years of the disaster, and harassed that it is going to be the “spearhead” of restoration as soon as once more.
The prime minister mentioned that for Greek tourism to develop, financial and social stability have to be assured and security have to be assured.
“I wish to ship a message inside and outdoors the nation: Greece is and can stay a secure and secure nation“, he mentioned.
In accordance with Mr Tsipras, the completion of the primary analysis of the Greek program will pave the best way to stability. “Greece is coming into a brand new period of development and optimism”, he added.
The PM harassed that security is essential for tourism. “The challenges we face are immense and lots of occasions can exceed us. We stay in a nook of the world that’s going by means of a really troubled time”, the prime minister mentioned, including that Greece has proven that it may welcome 30 million guests, whereas providing shelter to hundreds of refugees. “On the identical time we have now managed for Greece to be a pillar of stability and security in a wider destabilized area”, he mentioned.
When referring to the nation’s tourism coverage, he underlined that the federal government is aiming for the rise of arrivals from the Russian market. The prime minister additionally mentioned that Greece was rising its share in North America and in markets similar to China and India. He added that he considers that the geopolitical developments create a possibility for Greece to open in international locations similar to Egypt and Iran.
PM Tsipras additionally expressed his optimism concerning the progress of the Greek economic system stressing that by the top of the yr greater than 10 billion euros will go to the actual economic system. He mentioned that this may overturn forecasts and Greece can return to development earlier than the top of the yr.