Greek tourism body proposes actions to ease energy crisis
With many expecting a harsh winter, the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE) proposed a set of measures to help companies in the sector cope with soaring energy costs.
Despite forecasts of around 20 billion euros in tourist receipts by the end of 2022, “we must not ignore that the geopolitical situation, but also the international financial situation, is creating more and more uncertainty and threatening the present and the future. future of tourism businesses,” SETE said in a statement.
“Due to the enormous and unmanageable increase in energy costs, the coming months are going to be particularly difficult, especially for tourism businesses that will continue to operate after Octoberwhen the tourist season traditionally ends,” he said.
In this sense, SETE has submitted the following three proposals to the Ministries of Tourism and Environment and Energy for discussion.
To move forward with the immediate launch of the “Exoikonomo” energy saving program for businesses for the energy upgrade of the installations. SETE pointed out that short-term accommodation rentals and illegally operated accommodation establishments have already used the program (as accommodation) due to the still unclear legal framework and lack of regulation. Depriving legitimate tourist accommodation companies of this opportunity further increases the unfair competition they face, SETE said.
The confederation also suggests offering tourism business owners incentives to produce their own energy with the use of photovoltaic systems (net-metering). He adds that this requires immediately reinforcing the existing grid infrastructure so that it can support greater loads and allow companies to install photovoltaic systems in areas not adjacent to their facilities.
Finally, SETE offers subsidize heating oil for tourist accommodation companies located above 300 m altitude like Drama, Kastoria, Kozani, Florina, where heating needs start much earlier: from mid-September and last until May. According to SETE, a hotel with 20 rooms at an altitude of +600m consumes an average of 20 to 30 tonnes of fuel oil annually.
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