Following press release ' Union Marina Greece on the proposed implementation of the " End Residence and Operate ( COP ) of yachts ."
The Board of Directors of the Union Marina Greece on " End Residence and commissioning "
To celebrate the addition of amendments to the draft
Law of the Ministry of National Defense "Arrangements for the treatment of highly urgent and unforeseen needs " Greek Defence Systems SA " , which was discussed yesterday in the Greek parliament , the Greek Marinas Association , is deeply protest on the proposed implementation of the " End Residence and Operate ( COP ) of yachts " which will have extremely adverse effects on already any previous environment
tourism in our country.
Given the country's need for revenue inflow and acting in a critical environment
TAIPED performs the competitions concession marina and tourist boats seeking shelter investors marinas in the country have the lowest occupancy of the last 10 years and are anxious about their viability trying to stem the exodus of tourist boats started from similar measures in the recent past,
the continuous decline in turnover and unemployment soars professionals yachting as ever ,
the Union Marina Greece considers detrimental electricity for a country's economy , as it will result to prevent the advent of foreign vessels in Greece and prosecute those that have chosen our country as the permanent berthing .
More specifically, the action :
Will not achieve the target of additional revenue since it will receive anything from the vessels will leave to competing countries. Rather, it will result in a substantial reduction in government
revenue from VAT and other taxes , such as revenues from fuel
taxes , due to the departure of vessels within a few months , possibly before the end of this year.
Contributes to rising unemployment among seamen and professionals through retirement
Causes further insecurity and uncertainty in Greek and mostly foreign vessel owners will avoid our country for the permanent mooring
of their vessel
Thus leading the Greek marinas which pay high rents to the State an even more negative outcomes, lower competitiveness and inability to fulfill their obligations.
Send negative messages uncertainty and risk in Greek and foreign potential investors exploitation and tourist ports
, while ongoing competitions concession .
Strengthens such actions competing countries , which are directly and effectively exploit our weaknesses to enhance their own marinas within the same field of marine
tourism , namely the Aegean and Ionian
The Union Marina Greece proposes to provide effective incentives to attract vessels in our country and in Greek marinas , to enhance the economic value of the sector and government revenues such as:
- Reducing the rate of VAT for berthing and benefits ( in Turkey
is zero ), as has been done in hotels and in focus.
- The abolition of all excise taxes, annual and contributory tourist vessels that choose Greece as their permanent mooring and especially foreign vessels that contribute significantly to move high quality tourism in our country.
We urge the Ministry of Tourism and SETE and all stakeholders shipping
and tourism public or private nature struggling for tourism uplift the country and upgrading of marine tourism in our country to take a stand and to contribute actively to amend the relevant provisions the Law, so as to prevent their implementation .