Ed Sheeran at the Los40 Music Awards in Palma, Mallorca

Ed Sheeran, who picked up various awards.

12-11-2021Los40 Music Awards

Marga Prohens, the president of the Partido Popular in the Balearic Islands, said on Sunday that her party will be demanding explanations in the Balearic parliament about how tourist tax revenue is being spent.

The main opposition party wants to know about the government's decision to allocate 580,000 euros of what is officially known as the sustainable tourism tax in sponsoring the Los40 Music Awards. It also has questions about the fact that the Velódrom Illes Balears (the venue for the awards) was apparently hired out for free.

Speaking in Ibiza, Prohens was critical of the "double standards" applied by the parties of the left in government and, in particular, President Armengol. The PP leader said that when the sustainable tourism tax was approved in 2016, the PP indicated then that revenue would eventually go into a common fund.

"According to the left, the revenue was to be used to erase the impact of tourists on the islands. Finally, it has been seen that the money goes to the common account and that it is one more tax levied on an economic activity. Armengol has tricked everyone with this tax."

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Marvin / Hace 9 days

The fact that the tourist tax goes into one pot is well known already. What isn’t clear is what it is spent on according to it’s remit. It’s so vague that they can even justify it being spent on a music festival. After COP 26 surely the urgency is all things environmental? There’ll be no tourists in 30 years time if changes aren’t made now. Go bigger on solar and wind power. Build another reservoir. Get the sewage system cleaned up and fixed properly. The list goes on. Will they? Get that guy from Extinction Rebellion you interviewed on it. Times up.

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