Canary Islands thinking of initiating a tourist tax

Published on : Thursday, February 8, 2018

indexSpanish archipelago, the Canary Islands might be the latest holiday hotspot to initiate a tourist tax and limit its holiday rentals. The imposition of the tax is expected to restrict the number of holiday homes for curbing over-tourism.

The Canaries, whose seven islands include Tenerife, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria, are known for attracting tourists over the years and are said to have welcomed more than 16 million visits in 2017.

Officials in these popular hotspots are thinking of bringing in a system alike the “eco-tax” in the Balearics which was introduced in 2016. The Balearics – which include Mallorca and Ibiza – would double their tax during high season to battle overcrowding. The taxes are expected to raise up to €120 million in revenues each year. Rates will be reduced during the winter months and those under 16 would be exempted from paying the tax.

The proposed tax in the Canaries, similar to the Balearics, could be used to fund environmental projects, promoting sustainable tourism as well as innovation and training. Tourism is an essential part of the Canary Islands’ industry with tourists seeking sunshine and beaches visiting its archipelago for decades. It is a leading tourist destination, particularly for the British and Irish holidaymakers.


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