Ankara, June 27, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency
By Manolis Kostidis
“The taxes of Alexis Tsipras end the dream of cheap holidays in Greece?”, tonders the Turkish NTV television network on its website.
“The plan the Greek government tabled to the institutions foresees an increase of VAT in accommodation from 6.5% to 13%, and in restaurants from 13% to 23%. These increases will end the dream of the Turks for cheap holidays in Greece, compared with the prices in Cesme and Bodrum”, says the NTV.
In 2014 Greece was visited by 900,000 Turkish tourists and in 2015 (should the priced remain the same) their number will exceed one million.
The Turks prefer the Greek islands, since apart from their natural beauties, the prices in restaurants (mainly on alcohol) and residence are 20-35% cheaper than those paid in Turkey.
The sales manager of Prontotour, the large travel agency in Turkey, Sarp Ozkar, says that in recent years the rise of Turkish tourists in Greece increases by 15% yoy and stresses that “tax increases may lead to a decline in demand for next season”, as this year’s prices have are already been set since 2014.