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Europe’s Hoteliers Team Up to Fight ‘Shadow Hospitality’

UNWTO_hotel_4An action plan aimed at tackling the growing problem of shadow hospitality was announced on Monday, by HOTREC, the umbrella association of national trade bodies representing Europe’s hotels, restaurants, cafes and similar establishments.

The Hellenic Chamber of Hotels (HCH) has joined HOTREC in efforts to put a stop to unregulated accommodation facilities, which not only take an economic toll on the industry but also minimise the quality of services offered.

In collaboration with the World Tourism Organization (WTO), HOTREC decided at its annual general assembly in Luxembourg on April 23-24, to draw up an action plan to fight shadow hospitality, whose unregulated growth has created concerns among the hospitality industry with regard to fair conditions of competition, and announced an extraordinary meeting of its members in this direction.

The Hellenic Hotels Chamber presented on its part the effects of shadow hospitality on the Greek economy and also tabled proposals.

HOTREC represents Europe’s hotel, restaurant and cafe industry, the third largest industry in Europe, and brings together 42 national associations representing the sector’s interests in 27 European countries.

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