Tourist Tax - The Canaries

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Tourist Tax - The Canaries
« on: November 21, 2018, 18:05:15 »

Now the CANARY ISLANDS want to introduce a tourist tax and limit holiday home rentals
The Canaries, whose seven islands include Tenerife, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria, have been liaising with the Balearics about introducing a so-called ecotax.

The Canary Islands are being urged to follow the example of Mallorca and Ibiza by introducing a tourist tax for the first time ever AND putting a limit on holiday home rentals.
The two issues are at the centre of ongoing controversy in the Balearics, where visitors face paying twice as much tax per night from this summer.

The hike in fares follows the decision by the islands' government to double the so-called eco-tax, which will be an average of €3 (£2.61) a night.

These increases alone will bring in an extra €120m (£104m) a year.
Harsh rules are also due to come into force in Mallorca to severely limit the number of private homes that are rented out to holidaymakers, as the growing trend is being blamed for tourist saturation.

The Canaries, whose seven islands include Tenerife, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria, have been liaising with the Balearics as the two archipelagos feel they share the same sort of problems.

Now, following a meeting in Palma between non-ruling Socialists, the Canary PSOE party is urging the government to introduce a tourist tax and restrict holiday rents in the zones with the greatest pressure of demand.

Canary PSOE spokesperson  Dolores Corujo said the islands could use the money for environmental protection, innovation, training and water sanitation.

She said: "It's about the citizens knowing where the money goes."
The Canaries attract 17 million tourists a year but unemployment is still at 21 per cent, a figure described by Dolores Corujo as "unacceptable".

In Mallorca, zones are currently being drawn up to limit holiday rentals and will include the most popular areas such as Magaluf and Palmanova.

The government says it has to act because of overcrowding - at one stage last summer, there were more people staying in Mallorca than those who live there.

The Canary Islands is one of the few holiday destinations which does not charge visitors a daily tourist tax.
While the issue is raised on a regular basis, there are currently no plans to do so in the near future.
Hoteliers argue that it would be a mistake to do so, as it would seriously affect the competitiveness of the islands.