by Staff Reporter
THE Balearic government will start selling its “green card” to tourists and residents at airports, hotels, car hire firms and through tourist guides from April 1.

The “green card” which initially will be cheaper for tourists than for residents (as the latter will be able to use it all year round) entitles the user to a discount at museums, the tourist bus, golf courses and other amenities and he or she will recover the initial cost depending on the use made of the card.

The money raised through the sale of the cards will finance the Foundation for Sustainable Development in the Balearics, who will re-invest it in improvements to the environment.

The tourism ministry plans to launch the “green card” at Fitur, the international tourism fair in Madrid next month, and it is then that the cost and the amount of money the government hopes to raise will be revealed.

A ministry spokesman said that the more firms which collaborate in the scheme, the more options tourists will have to recover the cost of the card.
The Foundation will also market products to raise funds for protecting the environment.

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