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Tourism Eco Tax will begin in the Balearics from 1 July 2016

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Tourism Eco Tax (Sustainable Tourism Tax)

In March 2016 the Balearic Government approved implementation of Tourist Tax/Eco Tax (Sustainable Tourism Tax) which started from 1 July 2016.

This Tax has resulted in a payment from individuals who stay in accommodation within the Balearic Islands. This is normally paid on arrival at Hotel or Apartment Reception.

The payment ranges between 25 cents to 2 euros per day depending on whether the stay is in the low or high season and in conjunction with the type of accommodation. For example staying in a 5 star hotel will cost 2 euros per night or staying in a Pension or Hostel will cost 50 cents per night.

Children under the age of 14 are exempt from the tax. After the 9th day the tax will be reduced by 50%

News of this tax was quite a shock especially to those who had already booked their holiday without knowing anything about the additional tax. In 2017 people are still arriving in Hotels and Aparthotels without any knowledge that they have to pay this tax.

Money collected from the Tourism Tax has been streamed into various environmental projects throughout the Balearic Islands of Mallorca, Menorca Ibiza and Formentera. A Commission on Sustainable Tourism was set up to decide together with existing organisations how the money is to be spent each year. The main issues are environmental restoration, improving the quality of tourism offering, improving infrastuctures for future tourism, promotional projects, cultural heritage projects, research, development and the improvement of job quality (including educational aspects) within the Balearic Islands.

Recently the Balearic Government announced that from 2018 this Tax will double. This news is extremely worrying for many Balearic Residents and Businesses who find it hard to make any sense of how the 100% increase can be justified. The main concern is that individuals or families travelling to Mallorca in 2018 will find their spending money reduced yet again which in turn will reflect directly on reductions available for spending in the Shops, Cafes/Bars, Restaurants, Trips and Attractions etc.

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