UK tourists in Greece face new 'peak' charge which could cost them £120

Greece holidaymakers have been warned over a new "peak" charge which could cost as much as 10 euros a NIGHT - or £120 for a fortnight. Athens in Greece, the capital, has a climate crisis resilience fee for tourists, which replaced a previous hotel tax.

Charges range from £1.30 (€1.50) to £8.60 (€10), depending on where you stay and the time of year. The fee is capped at £3.45 (€4) during the low season, according t warnings from travel experts and holiday aficionados ahead of the spring and summer season.

Replying to criticism over the move, one Brit sniped: "Literally this has always been a thing, in basically every European city I've visited, for decades, and why not, if you're temporarily living somewhere why shouldn't you help with its upkeep a little like the permanent residents do?

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"It's a thing in America too, everywhere. If you can't afford a few euros city tax or object to it for whatever reason, maybe you should just stay at home with your Brexit buddies." The prices of accommodation will not reflect the various rates but guests will be expected to pay the extra on arrival.

The Greek government has gauged that the new system will generate up to €300million (around £258million). However, Greece’s hoteliers association expressed concern that the move will drive tourists away.

Another said: "This isn't especially new - I've had to pay it on visits to Greece for several years. A flat rate would ignore how much more energy is going to be used by the bigger, higher 'class hotels'. A graduated tax makes more sense to me and I have no objection to it."

"It's on a sliding scale though, Which seems fairer than a set amount regardless. If they said €5 regardless of level of hotel, you could argue that that's unfair on people who can only afford 1/2, whereas those who can afford 5* pay the same," another said.