So, which members of the Balearic government might favour an increase in the tourist tax?

03-07-2015Joan Torres

Of the Spanish regions, the Balearics have one of the lowest number of their own regional taxes. Only three are being applied this year, which place the Balearics third from bottom among the regions: only Castile-La Mancha and Castile and Leon have fewer. By contrast, Catalonia, for example, has fourteen.

The regional government does not intend to increase the number of taxes, but in order to bring in greater revenue it is looking at the rates of existing taxes. And one of these is the tourist tax. A rise in this was considered when drafting the regional budget for 2017. While an increase was ultimately ruled out, the possibility hasn't gone away.

A number of cabinet members believe that the tax is too low and that increasing it would not only bring in more revenue, it would also dissuade a certain type of tourism. There isn't, however, a unanimous view on an increase among the cabinet.

Any revision of the tourist tax would wait until after the summer and for the process of drafting the 2018 budget. The government will also want to get an accurate figure for tax collection across a full year. The tourist tax was, after all, introduced on 1 July last year, so this figure will have to be for the full twelve months to end-June.

A tax that the government isn't contemplating is one on sugary drinks, which Catalonia has brought in and had been mentioned as a possible tax in the Balearics. A further possibility is a tax on hire cars. The problem with this sort of tax is that it leads to vehicles being registered elsewhere in Spain, as was the case when it was previously mooted.


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Pete1 / Hace over 4 years

Thanks for that insight Mike. We are all enlightened. Just out of interest, did you go to school? If you did it seems you must have missed the days where they did English.


Mike / Hace over 4 years

IF Pete has any money it's obvious he hasn't earned it he is more than likely one of those who inherited through his family's hard work but then if he had a brain he wouldn't be in mallorca


Ged / Hace over 4 years

Pete is entitled to his point of view. Mallorca is a beautiful island with and the local people are among the friendliest I have met. I honestly want the best for the islanders, particularly jobs for the younger generation. If that means pricing the likes of me out, then so be it.


Sally / Hace over 4 years

Pete sounds like a very angry man. Do I care, no as I am sitting in our villa enjoying the sunshine at the moment. Lets not get greedy its not attractive.


DaveR / Hace over 4 years

Pete.... How dare you. I have been visiting the island for the past 20 years. I'm not at rich person, I do not stay AI BUT I do put my hard earned money back into the local economy. " Cheap people go to cheap resorts " Rich people buy a yatch....


Pete. / Hace over 4 years

I would increase the tax to €20/day, if people can't afford that, then they have no right to holiday on such a small congested Island. Mallorca needs to go up-market, so if people want to go to Croatia instead, then good riddance. Cheap people go to cheap resorts!


brian / Hace over 4 years

Tourist are an easy target, but targets move.


Ged / Hace over 4 years

i have no problem with Mallorca charging whatever it wants for tourist tax. I simply work out how much it will cost me overall. So for the past 3 years I've visited Mallorca twice a year. This year I went to Puerto Pollenca in March but my main 3 week holiday will be to Rovinj in Croatia. It works out 60% of the cost of a similar holiday to Mallorca.


zaax / Hace over 4 years

Croatia is looking better and better next year


S. / Hace over 4 years

JAN AMTRUP ---As long as the tourist does not pay any further taxation, or price increase. The Hire Car Companies are already ripping off Tourists, with their hidden tricks and charging. The thousands of Hire Cars , now part of ALL INCLUSIVE packages, are choking up the Island during the Season.