This week we have known that the initiatives to start the projects financed by the controversial Sustainable Tourism Tax, which the current Government began to raise on July 1, 2016, were started. The forecast was then the collection of 16 million euros to the Balearic GDP.
The popularly known eco-tax has been passed on to every tourist who visits us between 0.5 and 2 euros per day depending on the modality and category of accommodation in the high season, which runs from May 1 to October 31, while the rest of the year it is reduced to half.
Children under the age of 17, Imserso travellers and similar, as well as Balearic citizens displaced for health reasons are exempt from the payment of the eco-tax. But not the residents who enjoy sightseeing in the Islands.
It seems somewhat contradictory that hotels make special offers for residents, but at the same time they have to pay the tourist tax. Can you imagine that the citizen of Madrid, for example, had to pay a plus for enjoying a weekend in the mountains?
And what about the user of the holiday rental? It seems that the owners assume it as their own and the end user does not know its existence, so the reason of the eco-tax is, in this case, finally distorted. Do the projects financed by eco-tax have to be just of sustainable basis? How do they measure it?
Many questions remain about the Sustainable Tourism Tax. There is an urge need for greater regulation and transparency