Leader of Ciudadanos in the Balearics, Marc Pérez-Ribas.

09-03-2019Teresa Ayuga

Ciudadanos are demanding that the Balearic government adopts measures for the "immediate" recovery of the islands' tourism. The party has registered a motion with parliament that calls on the government to boost all activity related to tourism, while a specific measure it is advocating is the suspension of the tourist tax for two years.

Party leader in the Balearics, Marc Pérez-Ribas, insists that "we cannot allow the government to continue to improvise when we know that the tourist season will not start until August - and then only modestly". There needs to be a strategic plan for tourism. This should include tax incentives and protection for the hotel industry and for the complementary offer (restaurants, etc.).

The tourist tax, Pérez-Ribas argues, should be suspended for a minimum of two years. Air and sea connectivity needs to be guaranteed, and the government should promote the Balearics as a safe destination.

When asked about a suspension of the tourist tax earlier this week, tourism minister Iago Negueruela replied that the tax doesn't affect competitiveness and that right at the moment "in effect, there is no sustainable tourism tax" as no tourists are arriving.

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Juan love / Hace about 1 year

Majorca doesn't want All inclusive Guests Andy.....?

Okay.

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Andy / Hace about 1 year

Sick if idiots below asking for the tourist tax to be cut. Ive said it before. If a tourist doesnt come here because of the tax, then that is not a tourist that Mallorca wants. We want less tourists but higher spending ones. Poor tourists, going all inclusive are welcome to Turkey. Enjoy your pint and kebab.

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B.Rowe. / Hace about 1 year

I read with interest that tourism minister Iago Negueruela replied that the tourist tax doesn't affect competitiveness. If we consult the yearly Post Office tourist resort survey that gives a guide to UK tourists on how far their money can go, Majorca sat in 2019 11th and in 2020 fell out of the top 12.

Majorca has double the cost of tourist tax than any top 12 and a family of 4 with two over 16 would have to pay €84 when compared to €42 and thus whatever is purchased is multiplied by 4.

Once tourism is allowed there will be many resorts fighting for their slice of the pie and there is no doubt cost will be the main driver.

The British have come to the Balearics in large numbers and a large proportion will be the retired and elderly who currently are the most at risk to the current virus.

By pricing themselves out of the tourist market they are preventing teenagers a chance to visit these islands and fall in love with its offerings and when they become adults will they dream of their earlier holidays in Marmaris, Sharm sheikh or Corfu.

So no the tourist tax doesn't affect competitiveness it just adds to non competitiveness it and the tourist minister Iago Negueruelathe needs to understand that the seeds that you sow now will be what you reap in later years.

B.Rowe.

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Lisa / Hace about 1 year

As someone who deals with tourists, I can confirm that the Tourist Tax is unpopular with guests and frankly, a nasty shock for visitors. When we in Mallorca are trying to compete with cheaper destinations, like Turkey, Greece and Morocco, the tax is making Mallorca appear expensive and exploitative. Time for common sense Minister.

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lennart bjolgerud / Hace about 1 year

If the politicians think they are sending out the right signals to the fatally wounded tourism industry by freezing wages, proposing to fiddle with the tourism tax, and by introducing short term loans enabling small businesses to defer their taxes by a few months- they must be kidding themselves. This seems to be comparable to prescribing aspirin for plane crash treatment. I realise the money will have to come from somewhere and I am sure all 18 regions have very justified claims on the purse of the central government- but politicians who does not even understand the measure of the gravity needs to be told so

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Jan / Hace about 1 year

Why, if people are paying +130-200 euro for at hotel room a day, why dos 3-4 euros matter, dont get it...

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Roger / Hace about 1 year

Political calls for 'measures' on tourism are expected and if they are sensible are of course to be welcomed. Suspending tourist tax is not a measure that should be considered - there may in fact be a case for raising it (subject to what it is used for). There is similarly a genuine need for a strategic plan for tourism but will this be done or will politics take precedence over business intellect??. Mallorca could address many tourism issues (many of which existed pre Covid-19) if it did develop a new strategy. What happens, if anything, in August should be very modest and primarily domestic-based plus second home owners and boat owners. The politicians call to 'promote' tourism whilst calling for a strategy is typical of the lack of understanding that actually exists in how to position and manage the tourism sector.

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Fred / Hace about 1 year

Totally agree with the suspension of the Tourist Tax. Other European Tourist destinations will be introducing incentives to bring in tourists. Mallorca must be ready to make travel to the Island much more attractive.

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