Two months ago local hoteliers were warning that the islands could lose one million tourists next summer. They claimed that competition from other resorts and the increase in the rate of the tourist tax would cost the islands dearly. Fast forward 60 days and these same hoteliers are now forecasting a record year for tourism. So what has happened in the space of two months to radically change their minds? Well, not a lot.

We are in the midst of the main holiday booking time and the islands appear to be doing well. The "one million fewer tourists" claim led to banner headlines in the local media and caused concern in local political circles. The increase in the rate of the tourist tax by the coalition Balearic government was looking like a bad idea and there were calls for the controversial levy to be scrapped at once. But it now appears that the increase in the rate of the tourist tax is not a problem at all; in fact tourists are coming in record numbers even though they have to pay more tax. So what is going on?

The hoteliers are opposed to the tax because they say that it eats into their competitive edge, so perhaps it may have been a ploy to get the government to have a rethink or it was just a question of early predictions which didn't prove to be accurate. I would say that it is far too early to say whether the islands are going to have a record year or not. There are many hurdles still to be cleared and the tourist tax is one of them.

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Max / Hace 11 months

Ah, I just remembered. Judging by the low lifes I spied last year (fat women on mobility scooters with dangling fags) they are probably benefits cheats whose idea of culture is Love Island. Call me a snob if you like, but quality not quantity is what Mallorca needs. And no, Editor, no more shopping malls and no Sunday opening.

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Max / Hace 11 months

Can anyone please explain the attraction of an AI holiday? Expensive, terrible food, staying all day in a compound roasting to lobster pink. Who are these people?

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S. / Hace 11 months

Daily Bulletin / Hace about 22 hours S. The rate in the low season hasn't gone up, so per day per person it is 50 cents for three star; 75 cents for three star superior and four star; one euro for four star superior and five star. There is a 50% reduction on these rates after eight days. Add 10% IVA (VAT)..

Excellent advice. MANY THANKS DAILY BULLETIN.

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TGNT / Hace 11 months

With record visitors to Mallorca predicted for 2018, at least the Bullitin can’t blame Brexit....as it does for almost everything else..

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Will / Hace 11 months

Thank you Bullitin for the tourist tax eaxplanation. It’s not bad at all. If the cash generated is funding offset tourism impact projects , than well worth it.

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John P / Hace 11 months

Let’s face it,The hoteliers are much more intelligent than those in government so they press the panic button,the politicians panic,give hoteliers whatever they want ,AND then drinks all round for the hotel industry with no thought for the Bars,restaurants,shops,etc.

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Daily Bulletin / Hace 11 months

S. The rate in the low season hasn't gone up, so per day per person it is 50 cents for three star; 75 cents for three star superior and four star; one euro for four star superior and five star. There is a 50% reduction on these rates after eight days. Add 10% IVA (VAT).

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Henry James / Hace 11 months

Numbers seem to be an obsession but the fact is that only the hoteliers will benefit while more and more bars,cafes,restaurants and other complementary services will be closing down in ever increasing numbers,leaving resorts looking like ghost towns all year round because the people that used to rent apartments and kept these services going can no longer do so and those who are on all-inclusive or half-board in the hotels spend very little outside the hotel,soon Majorca will be nothing but hotels that nobody leaves and thousands who used to be employed in complementary services will be unemployed,how is this good for Majorca.?

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S. / Hace 11 months

I shall be staying at an Hotel for 10 Days in February. How can I determine what the amount of Tourist Tax I will have to pay IN CASH ?. As I do not think it can be paid with a Credit Card. How is it calculated?.

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