Sector Body Says Greece Evaluation Process Thwarting Tourism

Greece’s ongoing negotiation and analysis course of could also be taking a toll on tourism and forthcoming income, the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE) mentioned this week, including that as a substitute of its preliminary March forecast for greater than 25 million guests in 2016 (towards 23.5 million in 2015), the figures might drop under these of 2015.

SETE, which represents over 50,000 tourism-related companies in Greece, is describing the state of affairs as being “on a razor edge” stressing the necessity for stability and competitiveness.

“The longer the analysis course of is prolonged, the stronger the assumption that our nation can not present stability and safety, instantly impacting Greece’s tourism and vacationer locations,” SETE mentioned in its assertion, including that within the meantime, the federal government is shifting forward with the introduction of further taxes, such because the so-called sleep tax, as a substitute of providing incentives for funding, inserting Greece final amongst its rivals – Cyprus, Croatia, Turkey, Spain and Italy – on this space.