Turkish hoteliers say new accommodation tax could ruin domestic tourism

Turkish hoteliers said a new accommodation tax would severely affect domestic tourism, independent Turkish news site Diken reported.

Turkey's Tourism Ministry on Thursday said it would levy accommodation taxes based on the type of the business. Customers would be taxed 6-18 liras ($1-3.20) per night.

Mid-tier hoteliers said the new law would damage domestic tourism since the tax amounts to some 30 percent of the daily rate for hostels and three-star hotels, which serve the majority of Turkish customers.

Alp Özel, a hotelier and member of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the southern resort of Antalya, said authorities should charge every foreign tourist $2-3 instead.