This summer will witness tough inspections of the illegal tourist accommodation market in the Balearics in order to locate all the non-registered apartments and villas with the aim of ensuring that their clients pay the tourist tax once the levy is introduced. As far as the region's hoteliers are concerned, one of the main flaws in the government's tourist tax plan, is that it will only be paid at hotels and thousands of tourists will slip through the loop hole - but the government warned yesterday “soon we will start visiting unregistered establishments.” While the inspection campaign is an ambitious one, the government will be working in co-operation with local councils in order to inspect every single non-regulated holiday villa or apartment. Tourism Minister Gabriel Alomar said yesterday that this operation clearly demonstrates that the tax will “not be discriminatory,” “that's a lie” he added. Alomar said that his department is studying a number of measures to ensure that all tourists pay the tax.


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