Greece introduces new hotel tax for visitors from 1 January 2018

Posted: 7 December 2017 3:18 pm

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A brand new tax.

A controversial "stayover tax" has been introduced in Greece as part of an austerity package.

It charges hoteliers additional tax per room booked, with the amount depending on the quality of accommodation.

Hotel categoryExtra charge per room per night
One and two star hotel€0.50
Three star hotel€1.5
Four star hotel€3
Five star hotel€4
One and two keyfurnished rooms/apartments€0.25
Three key furnished rooms/apartments€0.50
Four key furnished rooms/apartments€1

From 1 January 2018, booking a full 5-day stay at a 5-star hotel in the stunning Greek isles might set you back an additional €20 (about AU$31.25).

It's not a huge amount, unless you're taking a very extensive trip, but with flights from Australia to Greece now going for as little as $350 each way it might make up a bigger portion of the total cost than one might think.

There are no guarantees it will be charged evenly though. Each hotel can individually choose whether they'll pass the cost onto the consumer or swallow it themselves in order to offer a more competitive price.

It's a relatively modest sum compared to the full price of accommodation, but the Greek hotel industry has opposed the measure since it was first proposed and warned of a drop in tourism. Overseas travel agents don't agree.

"As a specialist in the region, Beyond Travel is confident that the popularity of Greece and its fascinating islands with Australian travellers will continue despite the new levy." said Bryce Crampton of Beyond Travel.

Perhaps the Greek hoteliers are more worried about Airbnb and other furnished rooms getting a better deal, and a further competitive edge in prices.

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