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May 2018 - Balearic Islands: Ban on vacation rentals of apartments.

As from July, vacation rentals of apartments in Palma de Mallorca will be banned. Only single-family homes will remain available for holiday rentals, provided they are not located in protected areas, near the airport or in industrial areas. The measure aims to ensure long-term rentals at affordable prices to local people. Since 2013, the rents of accommodation in Palma de Mallorca have risen by 40%, making Palma the second Spanish city, after Barcelona, with the most expensive rents. 

Recently, the amount of illegal holiday rentals in Palma de Mallorca has been reduced dramatically as a result of the collection of fines on (among others) Tripadvisor and Airbnb. But, the city still has 11,000 holiday rentals of which only 645 have the required license. 

April 19, 2016: Balearic Islands (Spain) - A new tourist tax.

As from July 1, 2016, the Balearic Islands will apply a tourist tax to any visitor who is over 15 years. The tax varies depending on the accommodation category: from € 0.50 (for bed and breakfasts, pensions, hostels, and campingsites) to € 2 (for hotels of category 4 or more, holiday rentals of 4 keys, and cruises) per night and per person in peak season (from April to October). It is € 1 per night and person for hotels of 2nd and 3rd category, 1 to 3 key holiday rentals, and agro-tourism. In low season, the rate is reduced to half, just like as from the 9th day of stay.

Each year, the Balearic Islands welcome more than 13 million tourists.
The new tax will be called "sustainable tourism tax". The Government of the Balearic Islands hopes to raise about 80 million euros of revenues from the tax. It will use them to promote sustainable tourism and to maintain the protected areas. Catalonia has applied a similar tax since November 2012. No other region of Spain has currently such a tourist tax.


 

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