Simple! The Balearics has devised a fantastic way to explain a drop in tourism as good news and at the same time proclaim the tourist tax as the saviour of the islands. The German tourism industry is already warning that the increase in the tourist tax (the rate will be doubled this year) will hit bookings to the islands this year. But the Balearic government says that the islands had reached saturation point during the peak months so the tourist tax is in fact reducing tourism which will mean that the islands will not be so saturated. So let's give a round of applause for the tourist tax or not?

There is a problem of course. Less tourism means less revunue and of course less tourist tax cash. And a fall in tourism is bad news. Yes, there is some concern locally that the island is far too saturated with tourists during the summer months. For me its a small price to pay for having a vibrant tourist industry, but there are some who claim that there are simply too many tourists and something needs to be done. The islands have to be careful though. The tourist tax, and doubling the rate, sends out all the wrong messages. In fact it could be argued that the islands were seeking ways to limit tourism, which is not the way forward. As we all know the islands are facing stiff competition from other holiday destinations in the eastern Mediterranean and north Africa. It is also reported that the Germans are going further afield. These could be dangerous times for the industry.

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Henry / Hace 8 months

It is not the “tourists” that create saturation but actually the number of long term residents, their families and visiting “summer friends” - that create the saturation.

I do not see the tourist areas saturated at all - I see empty coffee bars, restaurants empty. There will be many “se vende” signs up in resorts in two years time.

The “expats” are the complainers about this - but when you ask how long they have lived here, it is less than 10 years. So in my opinion THEY ARE THE PROBLEM.

There should be LARGE hoardings up at the airport and a tannoy at the airport in different languages, signs in hotels - education visitors to to use less water due to the lack of rain, this would reduce the pressure on water. Turn the tap off whilst cleaning your teeth and soaping yourself in the shower.

I saw some signs on the buses - a start but not as effective.

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TG / Hace 8 months

Lazy journalist, well yes. We have had this same topic several times without any balance in its reporting. So just repeating the same viewpoint is lazy journalism. Same as the repeated negative view on Brexit, it’s a personal viewpoint, but readers really do deserve more balanced journalism.

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Chancer / Hace 8 months

We paid tourist tax when we had three weeks in Ibiza in October. I don't so much mind that as the very high hotel prices for 4/5 * I just priced up the Pelion in Greece as it is beautiful with history,pretty villages,stunning mountains and lovely coves. Reasonable priced flights available at carefully worked out parts of the schedule and cheap long distance bus / train fares between Thessaloniki and Volos to access the area then I found 5* hotels with pools at £72 a night . The prices just don't compare to the best parts of Ibiza and Soller area. I haven't compared car hire to Majorca but in principle we could have a great three week holiday . Shorter flight times to Majorca are a plus combined with our many happy months but in the end common sense prevails .

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Stuart mead / Hace 8 months

Maybe it is bad journalism but he’s right. The tourist tax and the fact that everything is much more expensive now plus the anti tourist brigade you have got there now is obviously going to deter people from going there....

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Henry James / Hace 8 months

Jason Moore has a stock of half a dozen or so viewpoint comments that he simply rewords time and time again throughout the year,he would not get a job on the Beano in the UK.

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MelB / Hace 8 months

This really is lazy journalism. The readers deserve better.

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RBMM / Hace 8 months

Correction: Wrong about daily average spending by British tourists. Correct is 118 euro.

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RBMM / Hace 8 months

Tourist statistics, Ibestat (www.caib.es) shows that German tourists spend less per day than most tourists. The daily average spending by German tourists was in 2015 (latest year available in the statistics) 107 euro, by British 107 euro, and by other nationalities 128 euro. The average daily spending per type of accomodation was 125 euro for tourists staying in hotels versus 109 euro for people in rental accomodation, and 150 euro for people staying in "other alternatives" whatever that is.

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palmadave / Hace 8 months

Sorry, Should read............'record number of Tourists visit Mallorca in 2018'.

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palmadave / Hace 8 months

Rubbish Jason. Another could, might, maybe article. Next year you will see reported ' record number of Tourists visit Mallorca'.

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