I have been to three different hotels on the island and on each occasion I have paid the tourist tax even though I already pay my taxes to both the Balearic government and the central government. Whatever you may think of the tourist tax, no one should really be able to escape it. Everyone has to pay and there should be no exceptions. Now, the cruise ship companies are threatening to boycott the Balearics because cruise ship passengers will have to pay the two euro levy. What is their problem? Why should they be able to escape the charge but "ordinary!" tourists still have to pay it on a daily basis? It wouldn’t be fair.