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HOLIDAY PAY Balearics Back Tourist Tax

Thursday October 8, 2015

HOLIDAY PAY Balearics Back Tourist Tax

Politicians in the Balearic Islands are planning to tax holidaymakers £1.50 per day next year.  In a move that is designed to keep a lid on visitor numbers whilst also helping to protect and maintain the island’s natural resources.

This initiative will be watched closely by politicians in the Canary Islands.  As here, recently appointed President Fernando Clavijo, grabbed the headlines back in July by suggesting that the Canaries should impose a limit on arrivals in order to avoid succumbing to what he described as ‘The Magaluf Effect’.

The proposed tourist tax in the Balearics is clearly motivated by similar concerns.  With former tourism minister Biel Barcelo stating in local media that the number of tourists visiting Ibiza in particular is ‘becoming problematic’ during the peak summer months.

Around 3 million British holidaymakers visited the four Balearics Islands of Menorca, Mallorca Ibiza and Formentera last year.  But ABTA has claimed that these numbers could fall when the tourist tax is introduced, driving visitors elsewhere whilst damaging locally based businesses in the process.

 

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