ATHENS – Greece’s hotel industry will hire a company to check for unlawful units the owners say are cutting into its business.
The hoteliers say the illegal accommodations also are a major source of tax evasion and estimated that they take as much as 40 percent of their business.
The President of the Association of Hellenic Tourism Enterprises (SETE), Andreas Andreadis, told a national conference of room rental entrepreneurs that it plans to commission a company to perform electronic checks to find unlawful units.
The data collected will be forwarded to the country’s tourism and tax authorities who have promised to step up the fight against tax evasion.
Giorgos Tsakiris, the head of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels, said that the turnover of the approximately 500,000 illegal beds available for visitors amounts to 2 billion euros per year, leading to losses for the government and the industry.