The new tax costs €2 per person per night to stay in a 5* hotel and must be paid by anyone over 16 years of age. The tax is discounted if you stay more than 20 days or your accommodation is lower than 5*. The tax isn't included in the cost of package holidays and will come as a shock to the 13m visitors a year the islands get, most of whom will have booked their holidays before the tax was rushed through the regional parliament.
A Daily Express poll suggests that 7 out of 10 people would not travel to the Balearics as a result of this tourist tax which will decimate the already fragile Spanish economy.
The main holiday destinations in the Balearics are Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera.
|Graffiti in Palma. Tourism accounts for almost half the economy of Majorca.|