Tourism industry opposes electricity tariff increase [Archives:2009/1223/Local News]

January 8 2009

By: Ali Saeed
and Ridhwan Al-Saqaaf

SANA'A, Jan 5 ) Hotels owners in Sana'a, Aden, and Hodeidah have expressed their rejection of the governmental decision to start implementing the new electricity tariff paid by tourist facilities in the country.

The 78 percent increase, which is from YR 17 to YR 30 per kilowatt per hour, is expected by many hotel owners to discourage tourists from visiting the country.

In Aden, 40 percent of hotels owners recently closed down their facilities for two days in protest and in hope that the local authorities will take appropriate measures and repeal the decision. They also held a protest in front of the Aden Governor office for the same reason.

“The hotels and tourism sector will suffer from this decree because it will affect the expenditures and then hotels will not be able to improve their services