New changes in tourist tax on Mallorca will affect almost every visitor this year. With record numbers descending on the island in 2017, authorities are set to double the tourist tax for high season. In an effort to curb the effects of overcrowding, the rise in ‘Tax for Sustainable Tourism’ will apply to all levels of holiday accommodation, in addition to cruise ships.
Responding to calls to protect the Balearic Islands from unchecked growth and environmental damage, parliament voted to bring in the taxation rises in time for what is set to be a busy 2018 summer season. The Balearic Islands are certainly not the first location to introduce a tax for tourists; France, Germany, Italy and Croatia are some of the countries that have long levied such charges.
It is believed a total sum of 120 million euros will be raised this year as a result of the initiative, which will go towards the protection and maintenance of natural island resources. During the winter months of November to April, rates will be reduced – yet another reason to experience the beauty of the archipelago in the quieter low season.
The new rates are 4€ for those staying in luxury hotels, 3€ for mid-range accommodation, 2€ for cruise passengers and cheaper hotels and apartments, and 1€ per person per day for campers and hostel guests. Those under the age of 16 are exempt.
Between January and July last year, 7.9 million people visited the Balearic Islands, an increase of 7.5 per cent on the same period in 2016. Up to 500 cruise ships now dock in Palma every year, depositing as many as 22,000 passengers a day. Previously, visitors arriving by cruise ship were only levied tourist tax if they remained on Balearic soil for more than 12 hours; now, all passengers will have to pay.
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