Where does our money go?

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Holidaying abroad, visitors are liable to all sorts of different taxes, levies and other ways that money is removed from their wallets and purses. The cynics amongst us wonder whether money does anything to improve tourism.

Ibiza where some of the money raised has been spent on tourism development

However, from the Balearic Islands comes evidence that the monies raised have been used to support tourism.

From July 2016, a sustainable tourism tax has applied to all stays in tourist accommodation in the Balearics which are largely made up of such popular destinations as the islands of Formentera, Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca. In the first year of the sustainable tourism tax €30 million were channelled into 46 projects throughout the islands. In 2017, the tax raised €64 million which was invested into 62 sustainable tourism initiatives and in 2018, (when the tax was also applied to cruise passengers) the tax raised €122.78 million which resulted in support for a further 48 projects.

Summing up, over €216 million has been raised which has been channelled into 156 projects.

One such recipient of the money raised was the restoration of Castell de Alaró in Mallorca. The castle, which is home to the Silis Campins Alaró fort, will be purchased for 1.1 million by the council, with the aim of opening the heritage site to the public. The project will begin with the excavation of the archaeological area and renovation of the medieval walls and reservoirs which had deteriorated overtime. 

Formentera is set to open a maritime museum at the La Mola lighthouse after opening its doors to the public in February. The lighthouse will host a new permanent exhibition on the maritime history of Formentera with information panels and audio-visuals that will tell the story of the island’s sea history, fishing and migratory movements that have taken place. The building will also feature exhibitions and cultural events such as concerts and poetic recitals. The museum is expected to open in May 2019.

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