Biel Barceló (centre) might want to don a tin helmet when he goes to the travel fair in London.
The tourist tax
The tourist tax returned to centre-stage. The announcement of a doubling of the rate for 2018 produced condemnation from much of the business sector, from the political centre-right and from many Bulletin website and Facebook users. Not everyone disagreed with the rise, such as the unions, but the level of criticism drew into question tourism minister Biel Barceló's assertion that there is social acceptance of the tax. This might depend on what is meant by "social". It will be interesting to see if new polls of public Balearic opinion return the same support for the tax as they have since its adoption. The chances are that they will.