04-07-2015Teresa Ayuga

The Balearic parliament has continued its debate over the draft legislation for introducing the sustainable tourism tax, Podemos having made its observations and pointing to potential amendments to the draft.

The party wants revenue raised to principally go towards the environment. Under the draft this is just one of five key areas of "purpose" that have been identified. Podemos has also been considering how the commission to be established to decide on ways that revenue will be allocated should function. It wants the public to be consulted over 30% of the various projects.

Furthermore, Podemos is seeking an amendment to the off-season 50% discount on the tax. It wants the rate to be the same all year, meaning, for example, that a 1.50 euro per day charge (for three and four-star hotels) in summer would remain the same in winter.

In more general terms, the party is looking for the tax revenue to also go towards job creation, especially in the low season, and the diversification of the Balearic economic and productive model.

Podemos spokesperson, Laura Camargo, and another parliamentary deputy, Aitor Morràs, told a press conference that the party will be negotiating its proposals with the committee that is monitoring the agreements for government in the Balearics, i.e. with representatives from PSOE and Més.

Another of these proposals concerns allocations to the individual islands. Accordingly, the amount that each island would receive would correspond with the number of tourists it receives in proportion to the resident population and land area. Camargo pointed, in particular, to the "colossal number" of visitors that Formentera receives each summer.

Under the draft, it is currently envisaged that hotel employees who stay in hotel accommodation would be exempt from the tax. Podemos wants this to go, saying that is unfair on other workers.

A proposed amendment from the Partido Popular - for cruise-ship passengers to be exempt because of the limited amount of time they spend on any of the islands - is not one with which Podemos agrees. There should be no such exemption.

Away from the draft itself and on the announcement by the Majorca Hoteliers Federation that some hoteliers may well bear the cost of the tax, Morrás observed that if this were to be the case, then it should not lead to a reduction in employee working conditions.  


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Mike / Hace over 2 years

The increase in tourists because of the threat of terrorism in other destinations would have been a bonus to Majorca for the forseeable future possibly creating more jobs and revenue for the island but as usual greedy corrupt politicians want to damage the economy beyond recovery 2016 will be mug the tourist but 2017 will backfire as people will go elsewhere

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Ron / Hace over 2 years

Charge hotel staff the tax as if they are tourists?? Who on earth from the loonies thinks up fantasy like this? A tourist tax to create jobs is not how it's done. Jobs are created through offering good service and competitive prices. And of course they want to demolish winter tourism before it can get started. And taking it off cruise visitors is just badly thought out. Many will just not come ashore when they find out about this. Just see how many tourists are going to the mainland and the Canaries this year. They have the sense there to have refused any interest in a tourist tax!

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Steve Riches / Hace over 2 years

Twerps.

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