Greece

Greece’s left-wing coalition disdains all-inclusives; proposed measures threaten tourism recovery

The New York Times is reporting that the Syriza party – a coalition of leftist parties in Greece – ‘disdains’ all-inclusive resorts because they keep tourists away from local businesses. The party is in a strong position leading up to the Greek election on Jan.25 and has proposed to limit all-inclusives if elected.

The ruling New Democracy party has also proposed measures that would impact the tourism industry. They have proposed to double the value-added tax on hotel accommodation to 13%, with the food tax also being a hot political issue.

Tourism in Greece rebounded 20% in 2014 with a record 21.5 million arrivals after a huge plunge over the financial crisis. Some of these proposed measures threaten the fragile recovery in the travel and tourism sector in Greece.

For the full article, please see the New York Times.