Majorca tourists are to be hit by an increased tourist tax
Majorca is one of the British travellers favourite holiday destinations and was included in the TripAdvisor Traveller choice awards.
Every year the island sees 2.23 million British tourists flock to sunny shores, which accounts for around 26 per cent of the total tourist traffic according to ABC Mallorca.
British holidaymakers hoping to spend their summer on in the Balearic islands are likely to see their trip rise in price.
Holidays in 2018 in some of the popular tourist destinations, including Majorca, are to see an increase in the tourist tax.
The new tax could see some couples paying an extra £50 for their stay in a Majorca hotel and will be added onto hotel booking form 1 May.
Tourists staying at a five-star and four-star hotel or apartment will be charged £3.50 (€4) a day; four-star and three-star superior will have to pay £2.65 (€3) euros a day, and three, two and one-star accommodation will be charged £1.77 (€2) per day.
However, if a holiday lasts over nine days, the tax will be reduced by 50 per cent.
The change will also hit cruise passengers for the first time, who have previously been exempt and will pay £1.77 (€2).
Unsurprisingly, the news has not been taken to lightly with tourists staging a “revolt” in Majorca.
One group of holidaymakers are said to have refused the pay the fee at reception, claiming they were unaware and not been advised of the increase in fees.
The Majorca hotel group is partly blaming the Balearic Government for providing a “lack of sufficient information” surrounding the tax.
Majorca sees 2.23 million British tourists every year
The hotel group added that tourists were “shocked’ by the fee
The Government hopes to bring in more than 120 million euros from the tax increase.
The hotel group added that tourists were “shocked’ by the fee, which equates to four euros per night in a five star or premium accommodation.
President of the Palma and Cala Major Hoteliers Association said that the 100 per cent increase in the tourist tax has taken holidaymakers by surprise.
He told the Mallorca Daily Bulletin: “The tourists had no kind of information about the increase in the rates, which was why they were surprised.”
“Receptionists and hotel directors had to explain the new charges to guests and many repeat clients couldn’t understand the reason for the increase.”
The higher tax only applies during the peak travel season
The surprise went as far as defiance for one party who refused to pay the money.
It has been assumed that the hotel has since had to cover the cost.
Although other tourists have paid, tourists have indicated that they would with up the cost of the holiday and potentially consider going somewhere else.
Javier explained: “It is a very significant increase, more so when one takes account of prices in competitor destinations.”
The higher tax only applies during the peak travel season.
The fee will be in place until 31 October for any guests over the age of 16. After October, in the “low” season fees will half to £25.