The present Balearic government will go down in history as the one which introduced a tourist tax. In some ways they should be congratulated because the tax was introduced two years ago with few problems and what is more there was no real backlash. They have got so confident that they have decided to increase the rate of the tax for next year. It appears that few tourists have a problem with paying a surcharge to come on holiday here. I am not in favour of a tourist tax because I believe that there are easier and less controversial ways for the local authorities to raise money and at the end of the day we are not talking large sums. Even with the doubling of the surcharge next year the government will raise 100 million euros, which is just a drop in the ocean when you consider than the Balearic government budget is measured in billions. But, it is too late now; we have a tourist tax and it is paid.

However, I do believe that the government should inform tourists how their tax money is being spent. It might be a good idea to erect a giant billboard at the airport thanking tourists for their contribution to making Majorca a better place. The last thing Majorca wants is to appear unfriendly towards tourists because there could be a backlash. I think the Balearic government could be slightly more thankful to tourists for paying the tax because at the end of the day tourists have spent enough already. Tourists should not be viewed as a cash cow for the local authorities. In the same way that the European Union demands that they get credit for projects they have financed perhaps the Balearic government could give some mention to tourists and their tax which has helped pay for some improvement projects. The tourist tax will continue but I still believe that the Balearic government has to be very careful. Tourists are always looking for value for money and obviously no one likes paying taxes.

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Richard Pearson / Hace 25 days

That is what I meant. Who were the owners, what prices are they paying ( above market value ?), who gets the commission and who gets the brown envelope. And lastly who pays to whom to maintain it ? The original owners perhaps ?

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sheila / Hace 26 days

Thanks tourists, we spent your contribution on buying up expensive rural fincas,promoting culture and gastronomy and jollies to world trade fairs and extra jobs for the boys all round. The rest we just wasted!

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Richard Pearson / Hace 26 days

How do you tell tourists how their money is being spent, when not even the locals, let alone the politicans, know where it will finally end up ?.

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Will / Hace 26 days

Spot on Mr Moore, tourists should be informed about how their money is being spent. After all it is their cash being spent on projects in which they have no say or influence. If asked how their money should be spent, I bet removing unsightly graphite which is enveloping this beautiful island would be top of the list.

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james thomson / Hace 26 days

Excellent suggestion, Jason. Residents will receive a reminder of some of the benefits of tourism and visitors will see what their contribution to the island is providing.

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S. / Hace 27 days

The concept of taxing Tourists has been adopted in UK. ( As I advised in previous comments ). The City of Culture HULL, in Yorkshire, has introduced the Tax in their Hotels. Evenually this form of taxation revenue will escalate throughout the UK. Taxation will occur on Arrival and Departure at all Airports and Ports. Using Tourists as " Cash Cows " , as well as the annual increase of taxation on Businesses , should make a considerable revenue income for Mallorca.

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