Joan Miralles, president of the Aptur holiday rentals association.


Joan Miralles, president of the Aptur holiday rentals association, said yesterday that holiday rentals are not the main cause of so-called tourist massification. Based on figures from August last year, holiday rentals accounted for 15.3% of tourists who came to the Balearics, while 66.4% stayed in hotels.

These figures are included in a report into the impact of holiday rentals on the total volume of tourists in the Balearics. They are drawn from different statistical sources: the Balearic Statistics Institute and the Frontur and Egatur surveys by the National Statistics Institute.

Of the remaining 19.3% of tourists, 16.2% stayed in accommodation considered to be outside the market, i.e. they were in their own properties or stayed with family or friends. As for the other 3.1%, there is no information.

Given the number of tourists opting for hotels, Miralles argued that it is wrong to blame holiday rentals for any tourist saturation. "It is an element, but it is not the principal cause." In addition, he insisted that holiday rentals do not influence the price of housing. Shortage of housing, in his opinion, will not be solved by tourism legislation but by the housing bill.

With regard to days in August when the total population of the Balearics is at its highest, Miralles observed that holiday rentals were responsible for only 7.3% of this "demographic pressure" in August last year. The maximum population on one day was 2,057,244. By contrast, hotels accounted for 22.8%.

Miralles said that fines of up to 40,000 euros for the tourist rental of unlicensed properties will be "disproportionate". This level of fine is included in the legislation, which is due to be approved by the Balearic parliament on Tuesday. He added that Aptur will wait to see exactly what emerges from parliament before making any decision on legal challenges to the legislation. "Depending on how the regulations are finally drafted, we are not ruling anything out."


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Ron / Hace over 4 years

Thank God that there is one organisation who may have enough clout to save this island from the communist/Mes clutches! Noguera blames holiday rentals for the new buzz word 'saturation' while he is prepared to authorise permits for 26 new 'boutique hotel' licenses in Palma. This will encourage much more 'saturation' - but of course that's ok- because he wants rich tourists instead of family tourists. Always give the hoteliers what they want!! This attitude will seriously damage this island, and will of course see the end of Mes - the sooner the better. Don't forget they started with only 14% of the vote!! Now the poliburo are so happy with the 'ecotasa' that they want to double it, charge for the winter, and even charge the poor cruisers who (unfortunately for them- have their cruise ship docking in Palma). And they want to take Expedia/AirBnB to court and try to fine them €400,000. Of course those companies say - bring it on - tinpot dictator! But if they catch you renting out your property without a licence - wow!!! €40,000 fine!! BUT - you can have this cancelled - IF you turn your property over to them for 3 years for social housing!! Please let me know if anybody thinks this is a good idea! (Even Stalin was allowed to rent out his gulag to friends).


Steve, Palma Nova / Hace over 4 years

Good thinking and common sense. What a breath of fresh air from someone with a brain between their ears, unlike our corrupt politicians who we're sick of listening to. Very good.