Yet more evidence, if it was needed, that summer 2017 is not being the record season the local authorities had been forecasting. The latest offering comes from local retailers who said that their sales had suffered in August. In fact almost 60 per cent said that their takings had actually fallen compared to August 2016.

This is bad news and the decline could be blamed on a number of reasons from more shops and increased competition. But this is not what the local authorities were saying at the start of the season. In fact, 2017 would be a record year. It is evident that while tourists came in big numbers their spending power was lower. The British were hurt by the big fall of the pound against the euro. Other nationalities claimed that they were finding the island too expensive. Just last week it was reported that the island would receive fewer tourists in September.

So overall it is not exactly the best time for the local government to double the tourist tax. From next year tourists will be paying up to four euros a day in tax at a time when all is not well within the tourist industry. Perhaps the Balearic government should rethink their tourist tax bombshell: now is not the time. The Balearic government and the tourist industry should just consolidate and plan for the future. The islands will be facing stiff competition next year from cheaper holiday destinations in the eastern Mediterranean. It is not the time for more taxes.

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DJS / Hace 2 months

We have been coming to Mallorca as a family group for 30 years now. Normally we rent a villa owned by locals, eat out in local restaurants and spend in local shops and supermarkets, 2017 sadly was our last year. We refuse to be ripped off by car hire fees which have risen exponentially and now the rip off tourist tax. There are plenty of other places we can go which will be grateful for the money we spend and provide great value. Sorry Mallorca, it's sad to see you take such a disasterous path to ruin.

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Elizabeth Weldon / Hace 2 months

October 2016 sold my apartment after 26 years of wonderful family holidays on the island. June 2017 enjoyed my fantastic "ALL INCLUSIVE" Hotel holiday so much I booked for June 2018- June 2017 Fed-up with "RIP-OFF CAR HIRE" So when I return in October this year I will not be hiring a car the first time for 26 years. Also Next summer 2018 will be my "LAST" holiday on the island as I am "ANGRY" at the doubled "Tourist Tax" Summer 2019 I will be enjoying European River Cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest -my Mallorquin and Spanish friends on the island are finding it hard to keep their businesses afloat this year-- The "WORLD" is The Tourists Oyster and I'm sure many European Tourists will be giving Mallorca a wide Berth! Sad times ahead!!

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keith / Hace 2 months

A bit late now to change your minds. The intent to rip us off was there because you thought you had us over a barrel. We are going to Portugal next year because i believe they will treat us better.Your loss , Portugal,s gain.

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Andy Rawson / Hace 2 months

Tourists spending power is less because hotel prices have risen much faster than wages have.

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Henry James / Hace 2 months

Get used to it because even fewer tourists will be coming next year and those that do come will most likely be booking all-inclusives so even less than at present will be spent outside the hotels. I expect that most of the Magaluf Brigade will still come as they mostly come for a monumental boze-up so they won't be so bothered about the tourist tax anyway but is that what you really want because it looks as though that will be the future of Majorca.

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S. / Hace 2 months

Why does it take the Authorities months, if not years to realise that economic problems in the Balearics are increasing.. £28 Tourist Tax per. Person, collected at the All Inclusive Hotels per.week, will leave a considerable bad taste in their Holiday experiences.

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