One million fewer tourists coming to our shores next season because of the increase in the rate of the tourist tax. This is what local hoteliers are alleging at the moment and I do not want to question their figures but it does sound rather incredible that they can give numbers when most package holidays for summer 2018 are still unsold. Now of course the rise in the tourist tax is a major concern but at the end of the day we are talking pennies not pounds. Turkey, as I have said in this space all week, is a concern for the Balearics because it is far cheaper but I sincerely doubt that it will have a major impact.

What local politicians are saying at the moment is that the local tourist industry can't grow any further during the summer because there is simply not enough space. In other words the Balearics has reached almost its full capacity during the peak months, so really no one wants even more summer tourists. This is why the local government is trying to grow low-season tourism. The hoteliers believe that the new rise in the tourist tax will eat into their competitive edge and push tourists away to cheaper holiday destinations. But it must be said that the tax is paid directly by all those who stay in hotels and really it does not affect hoteliers or their competitive edge as it is paid on arrival. One million tourists is a lot of tourists and while I suspect that tourism will fall next season, I do not think there is a need for the alarm bells to start ringing.

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Henry James / Hace 6 days

Sorry,I missed off do not want to in my comment.

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Henry James / Hace 6 days

You don't have a clue,first and foremost,for the average family,the tourist tax on a two-week holiday is well over £80,you must be a real clown to call that "pennies" furthermore,that is money that will not be spent in the resort so everybody apart from the hoteliers will see a huge drop in their income and many will have to close,creating even more unemployment. Another major factor,and probably more significant than the tourist tax is the fact that it is now almost impossible to rent an apartment,and many people not to stay in hotels and these are the people that many people other than the hoteliers rely on for a living,just watch all the bar,cafe,restaurant,shop closures in the next few years. The other factor is the huge increase in hotel prices,they have probably shot themselves in the foot as most people can and will only pay so much.

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Eileen Brand / Hace 6 days

Majorca I love you but do you want me?

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S mac / Hace 7 days

Think you have lost the plot Jason. Low season tourism, I for one will not be taking my summer holidays in the winter. " the tourist tax is paid direct and does not affect hoteliers " well it will affect hoteliers because tourists will go elsewhere.

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E Weldon / Hace 7 days

The Tourist Tax rise is the final straw! I booked my 3 week holiday for next June before the increase and I think 2018 will be my last holiday in Mallorca - I sold my apartment and I now it’s back to the Caribbean - Cuba where the Cubans look forward to having tourists!

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keith / Hace 7 days

Gran Hotel Bali in Benidorm.Never been before but £460,half board,transfers,good flights(Thomas Cook) and no tourist tax mmmmm. I think me and the wife will try that.£230 apiece got to be worth a punt ha ha

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Kenione / Hace 8 days

How is the Tourist Tax 'pennies not pounds Jason? My wife and I spend either two weeks or sometimes fdour weeks at a time in Majorca and at 2 euros pppd is either $56 or £112 per visit! Guess why I now go to the Mainland instead!!

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S. / Hace 8 days

To enhance Winter Tourist numbers, NO TOURIST TAX to be paid between November and March. Also, are Tourists warned of the Tourist Tax before they make a Holiday Booking ?.

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