The Balearic government got lucky with the tourist tax; it was introduced with few problems and the expected outcry never took place. One of the reasons for the problem-free introduction was because the islands were riding high; competing resorts in north Africa and the eastern Mediterranean had become no-go areas because of the major security fears and as a direct result the Balearics were welcoming additional tourists. So the tax went through and everyone paid. But times are changing. Turkey is popular again and tourists are slowly returning to resorts in north Africa. The Balearics faces competition again. So the local government should forget increasing the cost of the tourist tax, because on this occasion they just might face a backlash from all sides.