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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 to double tourist tax in 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’s 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.
There’s an impressive newcomer to the Balearic superyacht fleet this spring. Sanlorenzo SD112 ‘KIA ORA’ is 34 metres of Italian-designed yachting bliss, with a unique ‘made-to-measure’ interior and luxurious accommodation for 10 guests. She is the product of the second collaboration between Sanlorenzo SpA and renowned interior designer Antonio Citterio.
‘KIA ORA’ is the 14th hull of the Sanlorenzo SD112 range and was sold by Sanlorenzo Spain, the exclusive distributor for Sanlorenzo Yachts in Spain and the Balearic Islands. Having chosen Mallorca for her home berth, the yacht’s experienced owner plans to cruise extensively in the Mediterranean and he is sure to make several appearances in the island’s top marinas and cruising locations this season.
Sanlorenzo designs, manufactures and distributes mega and super yachts, on a custom built basis. Visit their brand representative office for the Balearic islands in Puerto Portals now! […] Sanlorenzo Yachts Mallorca
32.000€ charity boost
Young people in need, children suffering with cancer, the homeless and those going hungry will all benefit from a recent art sale at Rialto Living. Held to celebrate the luxury lifestyle store’s 10-year anniversary, the event raised a grand total of 32,000 euros which was donated in full to local charities Mallorca Sense Fam, Fundació Natzaret, ASPANOB and Organización Zaqueo.
Rialto Living in Palma de Mallorca offers a lifestyle store concept including interior design, fashion, art, gifts and a café to the well-travelled fashion and design-interested customers. […] Rialto Living Lifestyle Store
Happiness is edible
Their GELATO aims at offering the perfect balance of tradition and innovation. It is freshly made there at BOBOM guided by one of the best Maestro Gelatiere Italiano and with the most advanced modern technology, using only the finest ingredients from local producers and selected growers in Italy. They do not use artificial colourings or flavourings, hydrogenated vegetable fats nor GMO. They make it in front of everybody. Every day.
Fresh chapter for Daniel Steen
After many happy years in Calviá, interior experts Daniel Steen are on the move. As of the 1st of February, the specialists in design consultancy and beautiful interiors occupy a brand-new space in central Palma. The place to go for style, tradition and originality.
One of the most highly thought-of interior design outfits on Mallorca is Daniel Steen; a Son Caliu firm creating homes stamped with heritage. […] ‘Warm glow’ interiors at Daniel Steen
Eco store for S’Escorxador
S’Escorxador, home of the hip San Juan Gastronomic Market, is the fitting location for a new Veritas supermarket. Located to the north of Palma centre in the thriving zone of shops and restaurants, the new store is the third opening for Veritas, joining branches in Port d’Andratx and Mercat de l’Olivar.
Fresh bread; choice fruit and vegetables; tasty ingredients and sweet, safe beauty products; you’ll find them all at Veritas, the go-to shop for organic. […] Veritas Supermarkets Mallorca
Starry year ahead for food
Gastronomy will reign supreme this year, according to officials. Mayor of Palma Antoni Noguera and Joana Maria Adrover, the city’s tourism councillor, attended a key event in Madrid with the aim of promoting Mallorca as a top foodie location.
Held in January, Fitur, the International Tourism Trade Fair, played host to representatives from all over the world. Speaking of Palma as one of Spain’s leading urban destinations, Adrover highlighted the increase in quality of its gastronomy, pointing to the growing rise of haute cuisine restaurants, amongst them two Michelin star restaurants, and a further two run by chefs awarded Michelin stars.
Airlines plug Niki gap
With 9.4 million German passengers flying to Mallorca last year, the island is the golden destination for leisure airlines wishing to profit. After the collapse and bankruptcy of former Air Berlin subsidiary Niki in December last year – which saw thousands of ticket holders left stranded – several airlines have ambitions to step in. Thomas Cook, Ryanair, Eurowings, Easyjet, TUIfly and niche carrier Germania are all increasing flight routes between Germany and Mallorca in 2018.
New Palma Beach
A fresh wave of spending is transforming hotels in Playa de Palma. One hundred million euros is being spent on redevelopment this winter, as several hoteliers revamp their offerings.
Hotel group Rui is replacing the three-star Playa Park with a new 475 room, four-star hotel. More than half of the zone’s 130 hotels have undergone or are undergoing renovation, bringing the total spend to 600 million euros over the past five years.
Playa de Palma is a long stretch of sandy beach just south of Palma’s cultural centre and ideal for a fun and active holidays for party-going tourists. […] Playa de Palma
Santa Ponsa strolls
Lush vegetation, natural rock and a return to original beauty; that’s the plan for Santa Ponsa beach, where work has started on a new promenade. The town hall project, costing 383,000 euros, lies to the north side of the beach. The new walkway will be 150 metres long and feature salt-resistant wood.
‘Fresh, happy and stimulating’: that’s how new wines from Bodegas Macià Batle were described at their early 2018 launch. At the Santa Maria winery, guests sampled the first wines of 2017, produced from Manto Negro and Prensal Blanc grapes, and finished with hints of strawberry, cherry, apricot and melon. Salud!
Wine is art for Ramón Servalls Batle, a direct descendant of the founder of the Macià Batle Wine Cellar, who sells most of his 1 million bottle production in Mallorca. […] Macià Batle Wine Cellar
Sa Bassa birthday
Alcúdia’s Sa Bassa Blanca Museum is marking its 25-year anniversary with a special programme of events. Nestled amidst the lush greenery of a protected wildlife sanctuary in Mallorca’s north, the museum celebrates the world of art and culture. In addition to a sculpture park, rose garden and observatory, there is a unique collection of children’s portraits, changing exhibitions, a contemporary art space, and an underground gallery, Sokrates, hosting an eclectic mix of works and installations. Since its formation in 1993 by artists cum collectors Yannick Vu and Ben Jakober, the foundation has won numerous awards including the 2017 Tourist Experience Award.
What will Joan Aguiló do next? Mallorca’s best-known street artist was responsible for striking murals appearing all over the island last year. His latest, depicting a small child studying a glass laboratory bottle – in honour of International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2018 – covers an entire wall in Inca.
Private owners profit
The number of visitors opting for holiday rentals over hotels increased dramatically last year. According to new data released by the National Institute of Statistics, there was a 20% rise in private apartment and villa rentals in 2017 over 2016.
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