Will German tourism be affected by the tourist tax?

01-09-2009Teresa Ayuga

The German travel magazine FVW* has quoted the views of tour operators about the increase in tourist tax for 2018.

Peter Fankhauser, the CEO of Thomas Cook, has reiterated his views that were highlighted in the Bulletin immediately after the doubling of the tourist tax rate was announced. He is especially concerned that families will look elsewhere for their holidays. Other destinations may be more competitive. Although children of sixteen and under are exempt from the tax, the family holiday is already costly enough.

Tui agree that the tax rise could mean a competitive disadvantage for Majorca and the Balearics. Holidaymakers compare prices very closely and they often choose places where they have "more for less". The tourist tax increase sends out the wrong signal, in Tui's opinion.

Alltours point to the fact that hotels have also raised their prices - it certainly isn't only UK holidaymakers who are facing price rises in 2018. Alltours believe that there could be a significant drop in the number of tourists in 2018.

FTI say that doubling the tax is "unreasonable". Only DER Touristik seem to be concerned. The company says that it hasn't noticed any impact as yet because of the tourist tax increase.

* www.fvw.com.

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John / Hace 2 months

I have just returned from what must have been my 30th holiday on your island. Sadly my last as I am not prepared to return until the tourist tax is abolished. My average spend is about £1000 plus the cost of my holiday and still you are not satisfied. We went to Croatia in June and will return there next year safe in the knowledge that our custom will be appreciated.

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E Weldon / Hace 2 months

Well Mallorca, next year I think Karma will get you back! Lots of tourists will be enjoying their holidays elsewhere as the final straw is Double Tourist Tax!

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Stuart Mead / Hace 2 months

Mike. I've been coming to Majorca for the last 8 yrs. I don't go to Magalluf or places like that. I stay in a hotel using all the local services so the cheap drinks don't apply to me. On my last trip in March I found that the prices have gone up and the portions of food has got smaller. Even in a local burger bar. The quality of the food has gone down and better not say anything about the rude tram conductors or the pharmacy staff who throw your goods at you. Couple this with the Privilege of the tourist tax doubling its no wonder people are going elsewhere. Majorca never has been all that friendly so I for one won't miss it.

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Ged / Hace 2 months

My dear Mike. You appear to be under the illusion that Mallorca is a premium destination. I've been all over the island and it is beautiful in parts but it is by no means unique. Croatia has an understated class. It's as though the residents are blasé by the architecture that surrounds them because there is so much of it. Italy is elegant. Greece is both rustic and charming. France is.. well France. Not forgetting mainland Spain which has all the above in abundance. Why did I go to Mallorca so many times. Well it was relatively inexpensive. The flight times were good. The people were welcoming. So yes I like a number of others will be going somewhere else next time. I am off to Valencia in 2 weeks.

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Mike ( Belgium ) / Hace 2 months

More for less, that has always existed sadly some parts played the game and became places to avoid art all means . You can all have a cheaper holiday in Turkey or even Bulgaria where fake premium alcohol is served, over dated and under cooled or under cooked food and even for the same price your free but real food poisonings , gastrics etc Why the hell you all still come to Malloorca or even think of coming back I do not understand

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Henry James / Hace 2 months

I think that there is little doubt that there will be fewer tourists next year so you will get what you want, I hope that you will like all that goes with it.

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Selwyn Harris Sheffield / Hace 2 months

I have been traveling to Majorca for over 50 yrs .I paid the first tourist tax without a complaint ..then I found out the money was not been used as promised !!so ....next year ...looking elsewhere .....sorry people !

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Chris Parkin / Hace 2 months

I've tried comparing prices. In 2018, I can go to Cyprus for half the price, or Florida for the same price (with a hire car included)!!!

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Stuart Mead / Hace 2 months

Well. It seems not only the British will be boycotting Majorca now. Well done.

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