Tourist tax money will go towards the environment.

14-10-2015joan torres

Tourism minister Biel Barceló told parliament today that it was now time to make contributions that should be on behalf of society from the sustainable tourism tax.

Answering parliamentary questions, Barceló stated that priorities for the revenue from the tax would be directed at environmental conservation, although other purposes are to be considered, such as the preservation of heritage and training.

Barceló said that the debate (regarding the use of the tax) was now open, something which the Partido Popular did not understand, so that organisations and the general public can offer their ideas as to how to develop the regional government’s initiative (in bringing in the tax).

Maria José Ribas, a PP parliamentary deputy, asked the government to rethink its intentions with regard to the application of the tax. In the PP’s opinion, it will take the same route as the one-time eco-tax did, and that ended with being repealed.

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Michael stokes / Hace over 6 years

Tourist tax what else would you expect from someone as gormless looking as her

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Steve Riches / Hace over 6 years

I post once, it comes up 3 times. Sorry - but as there's no delete/edit system I can do nothing about it.

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Steve Riches / Hace over 6 years

John Reeves (below) has it spot on. Alas, Mallorcan politicians seem not to employ logic and have come up with a tax that is a) doomed to failure, and worse b) will seriously harm the living standards of hardworking local people.

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Steve Riches / Hace over 6 years

John Reeves (below) has it spot on. Alas, Mallorcan politicians seem not to employ logic and have come up with a tax that is a) doomed to failure, and worse b) will seriously harm the living standards of hardworking local people.

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Steve Riches / Hace over 6 years

John Reeves (below) has it spot on. Alas, Mallorcan politicians seem not to employ logic and have come up with a tax that is a) doomed to failure, and worse b) will seriously harm the living standards of hardworking local people.

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John Reeves / Hace over 6 years

It strikes me as quite perverse that a tax is introduced on tourists in order to fund ecology etc. Taxes are designed either to stop a particular problem - tobacco, alcohol, smoking etc, or are designed to raise additional revenues to invest. With tourism, surely the island should be doing things to promote tourism and spending that creates wealth for island business , which is then taxed via payrolls, corporation tax, VAT etc and this money is then invested in the economy? Taxing the people you want to encourage to visit and spend seems a very strange, left wing approach. A better way would be to offer incentives to come so that you attract more wealthy visitors - cleaner beaches, better infrastructure, higher standard hotels and restaurants, safer bike paths all strike me as a more rounded approach to improving the wealth of the nation.

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Sean Dobson / Hace over 6 years

The priority of a great many will be how much they can skim of and pocket.

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