THE Balearic government yesterday hailed the success of its Green Card initiative claiming that 5.500 Balearics residents now carry one.
Tourism Minister Joan Flaquer announced the latest figures at the Mostra de Cuina yesterday where he signed an agreement with the Majorcan Restaurant Association which will eventually lead to Green card holders being entitled to discounts and special offers at participating restaurants, on top of the host of savings and benefits card holders are already entitled to. Flaquer said that 360 holders have used it to enjoy a number of special offers at the Mostra de Cuina food fair where the cards will remain on sale until the event closes. The Green Card was introduced ten months ago as a new vehicle for raising extra funds for the protection, conservation and management of the Balearic environment and historic sites. Flaquer said that since it was first launched, the number of participating associations or entities has risen by 70 and now, card holders can enjoy benefits at over 400 locations across the Balearics. The Green Cards cost just 10 euros and are valid for 15 days for tourists and 12 months for residents and 325'000 have been distributed for sale to participating shops, restaurants, tourism offices, museums and places of interest across the region.