Mi­nor rise in ho­tel rates this month

Kathimerini English - - Focus - STATHIS KOUSOUNIS

On­line ho­tel rates in Athens are show­ing a mar­ginal in­crease in the first month of the year, ac­cord­ing to data an­a­lyzed by the Tri­vago travel web­site.

The av­er­age rate per night for a dou­ble room in the cap­i­tal this month is 78 eu­ros, while the av­er­age in 50 Euro­pean cities that Tri­vago records comes to 103 eu­ros.

The head of the Athens-At­tica & Ar­gosa­ronic Ho­tel As­so­ci­a­tion, Alexan­dros Vas­si­likos, notes that ho­tels in the Greek cap­i­tal are keep­ing their prices sta­ble by ef­fec­tively ab­sorb­ing all the lat­est tax­a­tion in­creases – in­clud­ing tax hikes for fuel, cof­fee etc – that have raised their op­er­at­ing costs.

Ac­cord­ing to the ho­tel as­so­ci­a­tion, the rise in air ar­rivals recorded last year at Athens In­ter­na­tional Air­port has not brought the re­sults an­tic­i­pated for the cap­i­tal’s ho­tels. That is partly at­trib­uted to the fact that some of those ar­rivals are Greeks who have em­i­grated for work pur­poses. The hote­liers be­lieve that there are some Greeks who travel once or even twice a month to Athens from their pro­fes­sional base abroad to visit friends and rel­a­tives, which does not help the ho­tel oc­cu­pancy rate at all.

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