Visitors to Spain’s Balearic islands will soon be expected to pay extra for their stays as a result of a new tourist tax.
Under proposals recently published by the regional government of the islands, which include the tourist hotspots of Majorca, Menorca, and Ibiza, every tourist over the age of 14 will pay the per-night tax on a sliding scale depending on the class of the accommodation.
The tax ranges from EUR0.50 per person per night for stays in camp sites or hostels, up to EUR2 per person per night for stays in four- and five-star hotels. After nine nights, the rate of tax drops by 50 percent. The tax is also halved during the low season months, from November to March.
Revenues from the tax are being earmarked for the protection of the islands’ environment and natural resources.
The new tax is due to come into force on July 1, 2016.
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