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Greece to impose 18% tax on tourists

Visitors to the Greek Islands face a huge tourist tax.
Visitors to the Greek Islands face a huge tourist tax. Image by Maggie Meng / CC BY 2.0

According to the Greek government’s new plan, tourists visiting Greek islands will have to pay an 18% tax on accommodation and restaurant bills. Currently the tax on accommodation is 6.5% while that on restaurant bills is 13%. Last year was very successful for Greece’s tourism industry, with 24 million tourists and €13.5 billion in revenue. However, the country is under pressure from the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund to consider radical austerity measures ahead of continuing negotiations to unblock billions of euros in loans. Read more: theaustralian.com.au