By Humphrey Carter

THE Balearic government Green Card scheme offering visitors and residents a host of discounts will become fully operational on May 1.
The tourist card, valid for 15 days, will be on sale across the island by then with the year-long resident card due to be brought into service by the start of July.

Each card comes with information printed in six different languages, including English, which provides all the information about what benefits the card entitles holder to and where. There is also a map of whichever Balearic island the card holder is visiting, and instructions of how the card is activated.

The pack also contains a booklet which explains how the card came into being. It tells how the government aims to generate extra funding for the Foundation for the Sustainable Development of the Balearics Islands which was set up last year to protect and manage the region's environment and heritage.

Both the tourist and resident cards will cost ten euros, six of which will go towards the environment and, this year, one will be donated per card to relief projects in tsunami-hit South East Asia.

Balearic Minister for Tourism Joan Flaquer said at yesterday's presentation that the government aims to sell 300'000 Green cards this year and have the cards available on sale at as many outlets as possible, as quickly as possible.

The Foundation has already developed four projects the Green card funds will help develop. These include a solar-powered cruise tour of Palma harbour, a multi-media historical experience at Sant Nicolau Castle in Cuitadella, Minorca and a world of salt works in Ibiza at the new Interpretation centre in the old San Francesc church in Ibiza town and improvements to visitor facilities at the Albufera Natural Park near Alcudia.

Where on sale

Once the scheme is fully operational: hotels, car hire offices, tourist offices, travel agents, tour operators and airlines.

How

Each card comes with a pin number and the card has to be activated by calling the information number or accessing website given in the information pack.

THE GREEN CARD SAVINGS

l Parc Natural de S'Albufera special service for card holders

l Son Real special price or gift

l Guided cultural tours in Palma and Valldemossa 25% off

l Museo Diocesà 50% off

l Casa-Museu J.Torrens Lladó 15% off

l Can Marques 16% off

l Palau March 10% off

l Museu Es Baluard special price or gift

l Castell de Bellver special price or gift

l Fundación Miró special price or gift

l Museu de ses Jueuetes 15% off

l Museu de Mallorca special price or gift

l Museu de la Catedral 16% off

l Miramar 16% off

l Fundación Yannick y Ben Jakober 10% off at shop 15% off exhibition

l Museu de Lluc 50% off

l Museu de Son Fornes 20% off

l Museu de sa jugueta antiga 33% off

l Museu d'art contemporani 33% off

l Museu Monografic de Pollentia 25% off

l Ciutat Romana de Pollentia 25% off

l Observatori Astronomic de Mallorca 20% off

l Museu Sant Antoni i Dimoni 33% off

l Museu des Vidre100 %

l Jardin Botanic de Soller 40% off

l Museu Etnologic de Muro special price or gift

l Castell de Capdepera 25% off

l Palma tourist bus 10% off

l Mallorca Balloons 20% off l Aquapark/Aquacity/Marineland 20% off

l Nemo Submarine 10% off

l Western Park 5 % off

· Cinemas and bowling Wednesday discounts
l Mar de Mallorca 20% off

l Parking in Palma 10% off

l Golf 10% off green fees

l Beach facilities (check locations) 10% off

l Mallorca railway special price or gift

l Els Calderers special price or gift

l Natura Park 15% off

l Costa Nord Cultural Centre special price or gift

For cinemas, bowling and beaches check info. pack for participating locations.

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