New tourist tax Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza branded a ‘recipe for disaster’ as …

Travelling to the Balearics is about to get considerably more expensive, after the islands’ government announced it would be introducing a new ‘tourist tax’.1

Now hoteliers and tourism companies in Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza fear they will lose millions as Discount Holidays © holiday makers go elsewhere. The new levy will be introduced next year, at a rate of ‘ 2 about 1.50 per person a year.

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It is estimated that could add more than 80 to the cost of a fortnight s Discount Holidays © holiday for a family of four, as a result of increased prices. Biel Barcel , vice president of the Government of the Balearic Islands, said the tax will go towards “natural heritage, tourism innovation, reinvestment in tourist areas and landscape care”.

He told Spanish newspaper mallorcadiario.com2 that he realised the tax was going to be very unpopular but said it had been implemented elsewhere in the Euro zone and “times were changing”.

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It’s estimated that the government will claw in 100 million euros from the new tax. But tour operators have blasted the tax, which will also apply to local residents. The Mallorca Hotel Business Federation claim the levy will seriously affect the competitiveness of the Balearics as a Discount Holidays © holiday destination.

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Meanwhile ABTA, the UK s largest travel association, said the new tax will be a “recipe for disaster.”

Hoteliers say it cannot apply for the 2016 season as their rates have already closed but the government appears to be targetting next November.

References

  1. ^ it would be introducing a new ‘tourist tax’. (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ mallorcadiario.com (mallorcadiario.com)

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