Headline-grabbing headlines can be very dangerous. The opposition Partido Popular, who were ejected from government at the last local elections, have gone on the warpath over the tourist tax. According to the Partido Popular, tourists for the new left-wing coalition are a nuisance rather than a friend. I would urge the party to withdraw the comment before it reaches the British and German media. I have made my view on the tourist tax very clear in this space; I think that if it is properly administered and provided that the revenue is well spent on improving resorts then it is not a bad idea. But the tax should not be used as a political football which will only benefit competing resorts. When I interviewed the Balearic minister for tourism, Biel Barcelo, he said that the money from the tax would make Majorca a better place. He also underlined the importance of tourism for the local economy and for the need for tourists to feel welcome in these islands. No one in their right mind believes that tourists are a nuisance. We need tourists. I sincerely hope that the various opposition group will remember that as well. Some may say that the tax is not a great idea and the money could be raised by other means. And they might be right, but if this project is to work successfully then we must all work as one. The opposition can complain all they like, but how would they solve the funding crisis which the local authorities face?
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