SETE: Over-taxation Limiting Greece Tourism Potential

Greek tourism enterprises are deeply concerned about the future, despite three consecutive record years in tourism numbers, according to the president of the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE), Andreas Andreadis.

“Today we are at a turning point. Tourism is facing the extreme pressure created by unprecedented conditions under which Greek entrepreneurship lies”, he said while delivering a speech at the General Meeting of the Bank of Greece on Thursday.

According to Mr. Andreadis, some 40 percent of the country’s tourism enterprises are currently facing serious sustainability issues, mainly due to over-taxation. Meanwhile, the sharing economy and illegal accommodation practices amount to some 250 million euros in lost income.

“This is because the government has yet to ensure a fair framework and fiscal symmetry with respect to hotels and lodges”, he said.

SETE’s president further underlined that the main obstacle for tourism enterprises to enjoy a competitive edge against competitors was again the over-taxation of the sector.

He stressed that most troubling of all was that over-taxation practices in Greece show no signs of slowing down.

“When we believe that finally the cycle of new taxes and additional charges are complete, we constantly hear announcements about new measures. In this context, Greek tourism will not be competitive and the state will continue to lose revenue and goals”, he underlined.

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