SETE Says Greece may not Meet Arrivals Forecast, PM Tsipras thinks Otherwise

Greece might file losses in tourism over the subsequent two years, the president of the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE), Andreas Andreadis, stated on Thursday in the course of the twenty fourth annual common meeting of SETE in Athens.

“We’re shifting on the sting and are at risk of not solely failing to realize the brand new objective but additionally dropping under the figures of 2015… The losses will emerge regularly and never instantly”, Mr Andreadis stated throughout his opening speech.

For this 12 months, SETE’s preliminary forecast was constructive, with 1.5 million extra arrivals, reaching 25 million, plus 2.5 million cruise arrivals. Tourism income was estimated to succeed in 15 billion euros, up by 800 million euros in comparison with 2015.

Mr Andreadis repeated the tourism sector’s requires the completion of the primary analysis of the Greek program.

“For so long as it’s delayed, the federal government will impose sudden and extra measures”, he stated, including that extra taxes will likely be imposed if the fiscal targets usually are not met, ensuing to the rising of the value of the Greek vacationer bundle.

Mr Andreadis careworn that Greece has already famous big losses in tourism competitiveness of round 10 p.c, as a result of taxes of the third memorandum.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (proper) throughout SETE’s twenty fourth common meeting.

When referring to the so-called “occupancy tax”, a brand new levy rumored to be charged on Greek lodging this 12 months, he stated it was “outrageous” and “completely absurd”, including that it could be a “tombstone” for tourism companies.

Nonetheless, throughout his speech, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras stated that the federal government managed to delay the introduction of the additional resort levy measure for 2018 regardless of the insistence of lenders. He additionally stated the nation’s collectors needed the very best VAT charge (23 p.c) imposed on the hospitality sector, one thing he claimed was prevented by means of negotiation.

Throughout his speech, the Greek PM stated that he totally shared the priority of the resort business, however careworn that measures should be taken and that every one should do their half.

Mr Tsipras then invited SETE’s president to “make a wager” that Greek tourism this 12 months will attain file ranges.

“You aren’t on the sting. Already, you may have a ten p.c enhance in bookings. I wager you that 2016 will likely be one other file 12 months”, he stated to Mr Andreadis.