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Hoteliers warn that stayover tax will harm tourism

TAGS: Tourism, Economy

A new stayover levy awaits guests at hotels and rooms to let across Greece from January 1 as part of bailout measures aimed to increase revenue and overcome the debt crisis.

The levy, which ranges from 0.50 to 4 euros per room, will burden guests and not hoteliers, according to the Greek Finance Ministry.

Camping sites, youth hostels and traditional tourism accommodation businesses will be exempt, according to the law, which was voted on in 2016.

Recession-hit hoteliers, who in previous months said they could not absorb the new charge, remained concerned on Wednesday regarding its potential impact on the Greek tourism industry.

The imposition of the levy may harm the momentum of Greek tourism and the Greek economy, the Hellenic Federation of Hoteliers warned. [Xinhua]

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