Greece’s previously announced Climate Crisis Resilience Tax comes into effect this season and the amount depends upon the time of year that tourists visit as well as the category of hotel or accommodation they stay at.
After a 2023 that was fraught with floods and fires, the Greek government says that the tax is designed to help the country pay for post-disaster reconstruction and will be paid directly to accommodation providers.
Greek hoteliers have expressed their discontent with the tax, which will have to paid for on top of existing taxes, saying that it creates “disparities and distortions.”
Reports at the Greek Travel Pages quote President Ioannis Hatzis of the Hellenic Hoteliers Foundation as saying “Instead of abolishing the bailout law which foresaw the need for a stayover tax, the fee has now been increased by 100 to 200 percent.”
The following fees will be in effect from March to October and for hotels are:
- 1.50 euros per night for one or two-star hotels (previously 0.50 euros)
- 3 euros per night for three-star hotels (previously 1.50 euros)
- 7 euros per night for four-star hotels (previously 3 euros)
- 10 euros per night for five-star hotels (previously 4 euros
Additionally, short-term rentals booked through online platforms will be subject to the following:
- 1.50 euros for apartments
- 10 euros per night for single-family homes and luxury accommodations
The Greek government expects the new tax to generate up to 300 million euros in additional revenue in 2024.
Despite the concerns of accommodation providers, Greece expects to again break new records for tourism in 2024.