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Travel and transport  |  June 21, 2011 10:25:14

Hotels will raise the price because of the VAT increase next year by up to 10%


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PRAGUE (MEDIAFAX) - Czech hoteliers in the coming year will be more expensive services to an average of ten percent, to respond to the increase in lower rates of value added tax (VAT). On Tuesday, the President said the Association of Hotels and Restaurants Vaclav Starek.

"If there is an increase of 4.5 percent VAT for accommodation services, and hotels will not be able to absorb this increase and in any case next year will rise desetiprocentnímu," Starek said.

According to him, is now at prices so low that they are already hoteliers can not go below. "Unfortunately, so any increase in direct transfers to the customer," said Starek.

Increased VAT is seriously affecting the operator lifts the Czech mountains. "The increase in VAT we are very damaged. Operators in recent years invested in upgrading facilities and calculated the same time with a certain payoff. Rise in energy prices could be expected, but no one was keeping with the fact that the state tax rises above the surrounding countries. Border areas that substantially impairs" said president of the Association of Operators of ski lifts Juračka James, under which the state behaves unpredictably.

"We are very unhappy that the main reason that the government (us) do not. I do not know all the consequences," he said Juračka.

The government proposed an increase in VAT in two steps. In 2012 the reduced VAT rate will increase from ten to 14 percent. A year later, would then have two rates (low and base) should be aligned to 17.5 percent.On Monday, however, Prime Minister Petr Necas (ODS) and Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek (TOP 09) admitted that the tax could be increased up to 19 percent finished.

Filip Sušanka, susanka@mediafax.cz

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