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Dialogue to Begin For Sojourn Tax Cut

Finance Minister Yiannis Papathanasiou recently assured the president of the Central Union of Municipalities and Communities of Greece (KEDKE), Athens Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis, that a dialogue will proceed in order to find a replacement income for the local government’s lost revenue from the reduction of the sojourn tax.

According to Mayor Kaklamanis, the dialogue that is to start on 4 April and completed by the end of the month is a very positive development. Tourism Minister Kostas Markopoulos’ recent announcement that the government will proceed with legislation in regards to the reduction of the sojourn tax (imposed on tourism businesses) from two percent to 0.5 percent had caused the strong reaction of KEDKE.

As a result, Mayor Kaklamanis had threatened to resign from his post as KEDKE’s president if the sojourn tax was reduced.

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Nikos is Greek-American born in New York, USA, and has lived in Greece for over 30 years. He is the managing editor of Greece's leading monthly travel and tourism guide, the Greek Travel Pages (GTP) since June 2008 and of news site GTP Headlines since its launch in September 2012. Nikos has also served as international press officer for the City of Athens and for the mayor. He has a degree in Mass Media and Communications, specializing in Journalism. Nikos is a native English speaker and speaks Greek fluently.