Thessaloniki Hoteliers Ring Alarm Bells over Imminent Taxes

Thessaloniki’s hoteliers are sending alerts of misery over plans by the federal government to extend taxes or introduce new levies on areas affecting the hospitality sector, saying it will inevitably result in unsustainable fiscal burdens.

Throughout a basic assembly of the Thessaloniki Lodges Affiliation (THA) held on the Mediterranean Palace Lodge this week, members expressed their deep concern over the choice to impose an “occupancy tax” in 2018, which they are saying will lead lodging enterprises to the brink.

THA board president Aristotelis Thomopoulos spoke of a “tax storm” which is intensifying fears within the sector and mentioned over-taxation on account of a rise in direct or oblique taxes in recessionary situations will influence the tourism sector and its companies, in addition to the competitiveness of Greece as a vacation spot and finally “crush” hoteliers’ optimism.

Mr Thomopoulos additional underlined that the unrestricted sharing economic system is simply including insult to damage, depriving state coffers of hundreds of thousands of euros because it stays unable to fight tax evasion.

The THA’s president concluded that incoming tourism visitors and revenues at inns for the primary quarter of the yr had been removed from passable, regardless of a marginal improve within the variety of in a single day stays, income per out there room remained very low.