Despite the problems it has caused and one of the reasons for the decline in tourism this year, members of the left wing coalition Balearic government are still excited and proud of the tourist tax. Minister for Labour, Eberhard Grosske, claimed yesterday that the tax is an “exportable product” which all the autonomous communities in Spain will eventually introduce. “Everybody is adding up the numbers and realising the vast amount of money which can be raised to help finance the protection of the environment and the tourist industry,” Grosske said. Grosske said that for a long period of time, the bulk of the profits the Balearics made from tourism fell into private hands and society as a whole lost out - hence why the government is determined to introduce the tax, which he claims 70 per cent of Majorca supports along with a large majority of tourists.

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