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Tax on tourism!!!

The Balearic Islands of Majorca, Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera have doubled their daily tax on tourists as of May 1.


The Canary Islands have also been urged to implement a tourist tax, and a rally in Ibiza last month decried what organisers called "disrespectful" tourism.

During peak tourist season, from May to October 31, the islands will levy a tax of up to €4 per person, per day, on all visitors to the island.

In addition, the tourist tax is subject to 10pc VAT.

That means a couple spending a two-week summer holiday could now be liable for a tax bill of €61.60 on top of their travel and accommodation costs.

Cruise ship passengers will also now be subject to the charge, which is reportedly expected to bring in revenue of around €120 million in 2018.

The Tax for Sustainable Tourism, as it is known, was originally introduced in July 2016 in an effort to combat the environmental impact of tourism.

The Balaerics, and Majorca and Ibiza in particular, have seen tourist and cruise numbers bulge in recent years, leading to a growing peak season jam and putting huge strains on road, sewage and water infrastructure.



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