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Spanish Tourism Minister Criticises Proposed Balearic Islands Eco-Tax

Spanish Tourism Minister Criticises Proposed Balearic Islands Eco-Tax

Jose Manuel Soria, Spain’s Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism, in a speech at World Travel Market in London, criticised the €1-€2 per night tax, due to be levied on each visitor to the Balearic Islands from next year.

“It doesn’t make sense, it’s crazy,” he said. “It would be the same thing if Germany, which has a strong automobile industry, decided to allow a special tax on the manufacturing of cars.

“The tourism sector in Spain has been a story of success for the past 25 years, because we have tourism professionals and companies that have done a really good job, but that doesn’t mean we have a guarantee that it will be like that in the future.”

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, copywriter, editor and proofreader for 50 years, and News & Features Editor for ‘Irish Travel Trade News’ for the past 40 years.

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