So, are tourists paying for the environment or not?

01-07-2016Daniel Espinosa

The Majorca Hoteliers Federation's appeal for judicial review of the tourist tax is being considered by the Balearic High Court. In a communication sent to the court, the government acknowledges that the tax is not an ecological or environmental tax but one to raise additional resources for the financing of regional policies.

The government accepts that the tax cannot be considered to be environmental, even if revenue is destined to go to a fund to improve tourism activity and environmental protection.

It states that the decision to obtain revenue from stays in tourist establishments is the responsibility of the tax authority and that this tax-raising does not discriminate between residents and non-residents. The government adds that the tax is a "neutral and innocuous" measure that has not created a financial barrier for businesses or tourists. It points to an increase in the number of tourists since the tax was introduced on 1 July last year.

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Alan / Hace 5 months

I have booked a holiday in Majorca without knowing about this tax. I can afford to pay it, but will not be going back, no matter how good the holiday or the hotel is. I have made may feelings known to the tour operator (TUI) for not warning me about this tax at the time of booking (in the very small print is a disclaimer about local taxes). I have 3 holidays a year and I will in future spend my money where I am not ripped off by local politicians.

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Mattie / Hace over 2 years

Do you really think it is worth the risk of losing business for such a paltry fund? I don't like it. Tourism is very much needed for the economy, so then, if even 10% go elsewhere, the loss is much higher than the gain, and, these sorts of gouging activities cause negative feelings. When people go on holiday, many have the budget to consider, so then, by adding even the small tax, this will leave a bad sour taste in the mouth, which then, the tongue will wag, and words will spread to other tourists! People come to the islands for the beauty and peace of times in the past...so think about this! Yes. It is true. Do NOT bite the hand that feeds you. There are other places to go, and it is not worth the risk nor the negative thoughts that will surely come when people realize they are being milked like this!

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Dave Malcolm / Hace over 2 years

As an upcoming tourist, I don't particularly have a problem with a €7 to €14 Tourist tax. People live on Majorca all year round and not just for a week or two. I can't understand why it has to be the Hotelier though who is responsible for collecting this tax, surely better to put the cost onto the package holiday at source. I don't think Tourists will mind paying a little bit more as long as the revenue is spent on improving the resorts. I've seen drunken yobs making a mess all over the strip and beach in Magaluf and this has to be cleaned up and costs money. You wouldn't rent a Villa and break furniture etc and then not expect to have to pay for its replacement or repair so, why shouldn't we contribute to the upkeep of the resorts we visit - its not like it's an extra €200. I guess some people will oppose it on a point of principle, but the proof will be seen in the coming months and years to see if there is a visible improvement to resorts. #JustSaying

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John P / Hace over 2 years

Wow,this is a suprise! I wish our UK govt would implement ,starting as a trial,let's say with Spain. Would easily finance repairs to Buckingham Palace,House of Commons. Then next countries who charge us for a visa to spend our money in their countries. Let's not pretend though,let's milk the visitors.

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E Weldon / Hace over 2 years

So can Tourists refuse to Pay Tax as it's not for the benefit of the ecosystem -we knew it was fake and Tourists might decide to go elsewhere -- with No Tourist Tax to pay -

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f4phixeruk / Hace over 2 years

Other news released by the government, Bears do poo in the woods, and the Pope is a catholic ;-)

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Steve Riches / Hace over 2 years

We all knew, they all knew, but most politicians will use any lies or subversion if it gives them what they want.

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Henry James / Hace over 2 years

It has taken them quite some time to admit what we ALL KNEW from the outset,they are just milking tourists. You might just find that tourists start going elsewhere sooner than you think,where they are not milked for every penny that can be got out of them,especially when lies are told about the tourist tax from the offset,let's hope that the UK press pick-up this admission.

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Mike / Hace over 2 years

Another corrupt government filling there pockets with tax payers money

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John / Hace over 2 years

I am reminded of the old saying. Do not bite the hand that feeds you.

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