The Balearic government is planning a 100 kilometre circuit for cyclists, which will connect existing stretches in Llucmajor and Campos with Algaida, Montuiri and Porreres. Government sources said that it would be funded from the tourist tax as it fitted in perfectly with the objectives assigned to the tax by law: it is environmental in character, will benefit the people who live in the Balearics and at the same time will promote out of season quality tourism. According to Ibatur, cycling tourists who visit the Balearics spend an average of ten days and spend about 73.92 euros a day, more than other tourists. Last year, nearly 80'000 cycling buffs visited the Balearics. Another of the projects included in plans for the tax money is the purchase of the former barracks in Calle Socorro which will be converted into an exhibition centre, a facility which the Balearic government does not have at present. Part of the government feels that Palma should benefit from the tax, a request made by the city council on several occasions. The council has asked to be included in the body which will decide the use of the money. Other projects under consideration are the purchase of the buildings known as Can Serra and Can Weyler, and the creation of a cultural centre in Can Fabregues, which eventually will be converted into a museum on the universal history of tourism. But assigning tourist tax funds will be a long process involving several committees and an inter-departmental council with representatives of the ministries of tourism, culture, the environment and agriculture.


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