Greek associations team up to ensure quality of hospitality

Greece: Three recently-established home-sharing associations have partnered up to ensure the quality of services offered by their members is maintained despite ongoing discontent among other hospitality providers. 

The Greek Property Managers Association (PASIDA), which was founded last year and now has over 1,200 members from 96 Greek destinations, has joined forces with the Greek Sharing Economy Association and the Association of Owners of Furnished Apartments and Homes.

The three bodies issued a joint statement this week saying that they would be working together to promote their interests in the hospitality industry, and underlined that they do not “recognise any of the restrictions proposed by authorities as these only manage to encourage the cessation of all activity, or tax evasion”.

However, the three associations added that they were willing to support short-term rental practices to government officials, competent bodies and the media, and to organise joint actions to inform the public about the collective benefits.

The associations said they considered it “an obligation for all of us to abide by the laws and to support the online registry by issuing a Property Registry Number (AMA) for all properties leased through platforms.

They added: “We call on you all to support this united effort to reinforce our collective bodies and to change the negative climate that has created conflicting interests.”

Earlier this year, PASIDA continued to call on hoteliers to solve emerging accommodation issues in the country. It also announced plans to launch a certification program and an award to recognise the best short-term rentals in Greece, in order to raise the bar for quality in the hospitality industry in the country.

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