Might Biel Barceló now regret the timing of the introduction of the tourist tax?

13-08-2015Toni Escobar

Biel Barceló, the Balearic tourism minister, yesterday said that Brexit could affect Balearic tourism because of British tourists' reduced spending power.

"It would not only affect the tourist industry but also all businesses in the UK. We look on it with concern. One of the effects would be the fall in value of the pound, which at present is strong in relation to the euro." This, he recognised, would have an impact on tourism because of the reduction in spending power.

Barceló also referred to "hypothetical tax rises" in the UK which would have repercussions for British travel spending.

Today, Barceló will discover that his fears have been confirmed. The pound is falling, and the government is introducing the tourist tax on 1 July.


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Simon Tow / Hace over 5 years

Fred, fat tatooed morons generally have more money available to go on holiday than Mum and Dad with two kids and a large mortgage. Mum and Dad will also have to fork out more for the tourist tax.


Ron / Hace over 5 years

Perhaps he should have thought of this before implementing his plans to take their last euros off them !


Fred-T / Hace over 5 years

I personally quite like the idea of less British tourists in Mallorca. If places like Magaluf contract because air fares go up and the pound falls, then great! If I can wander around beautiful Mallorca without seeing so many drunken, shirtless, fat tatooed morons then I truly believe its a good thing for the Island. Its not always about the money, Quality of life counts just as much.