Greece will implement a hotel stay tax, which will come into effect on January 1, 2018, charging guests between 0.50€ and 4.00€ per person per night, depending on the category of the establishment. The Greek government intends to “increase tax revenues”, according to local press reports.
The rate will be progressive, charging those who stay in hotels of 1* & 2*, 0.50€ per night; in 3* hotels will be 1.50€; in those of 4* 3€ and in those of 5* the rate will rise to 4€ per night. This fee will be paid upon arrival at the hotel.
Greece received 7.94 million tourists in the first half of the year, 6.6% more than in the same period of 2016, with an increase in tourism revenues of 7.1%, according to provisional data published by the Bank from Greece.
In addition, tourism revenues grew by 7.1% in the first half of the year, reaching 4,113.5 million €, compared to 3,841 million in the same period last year.
The Greek Tourism Organization expects a record 30 million tourists by 2017, surpassing 28 million in 2016, which meant a volume of arrivals never seen before in the country.