Balearic Islands to follow Mallorca in hiking tourist taxes

Published on : Friday, September 1, 2017

Balearic IslandsAs Mallorca is mulling over the issue Spain’s Balearic Islands will also hike tourist taxes on visitors to the Mediterranean archipelago from 2018, with the average doubling to €3 per person amid growing unease among local residents over the effects of mass tourism.

 
The Balearics hosted 2.4 million tourists from overseas in July, according to data from the National Institute of Statistics, more than double the usual population of the islands outside the peak holiday season.

 
Tourist taxes will range from €1 per day on people camping or staying in hostels to €4 for those in high-end hotels and apartments.

 
The increase is one of several new measures taken by the local government to cope with the damaging effects of mass tourism, at a time when other Spanish regions have also been experiencing a backlash against huge influx of visitors.

 
The islands are one of Spain’s most popular tourist destinations and were the second most visited region in Spain during July, after northeastern Catalonia.

 
In August, the Balearics introduced new legislation to crackdown on illegal tourist rentals, targeting online home-sharing sites such as Airbnb, amid complaints their popularity was driving up rental costs for residents.

 
The increased tourism taxes are expected to raise up to €120 million in revenues each year, which will be allocated to helping to protect the environment and helping the islands deal with the effects of a visitor influx, the local government said yesterday.

 
They are to be imposed on anyone staying overnight – even those from elsewhere in Spain – or arriving on a cruise ship.

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