On November 8th2017, in the press conference at the WMT, the authorities of tourism board ofBalearic Islands has announced the details about their strategies for tourismin Balearic Islands in 2017 and the key points that they will focus most in2018.As the number oftourists to the Balearic Islands increases, it also raise a lot of social andenvironmental issues on the islands. Therefore, since 2016, they introduced thetax for sustainable tourism on order to have capital to make investments tocompensate all those issues on the 4 islands in the Balearic Islands: Mallorca,Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera. Besides the purpose ofprotecting and recovering the environment on Balearic Islands. The tourism taxhas some other purposes.

It helps the Balearic Islands to have the money toinvest on promoting for sustainable and low-season tourism. Therefore, they canattracts more people also in low-season and have more chance to create morejobs for the locals. Moreover, the tax can be used for recovering and repairinghistorical and cultural heritage in order to make them accessible to thetourists.

It can also be inveted in encouraging and financing for projects thatcontribute to improve environmental issues and maintain the environment of theBalearic Islands itself.This sustainabletourism tax is applied on all overnight stays in tourist accommodations on theBalearic Islands. The tax rates depend on the type of accommodation:In high season, whichis from May 1st to 31th October, the rate per day for:-      5-star,5-star luxury and 4-star superior hotels / 4-keys superior and 4-keys touristapartments is 4€-      4-star and3-star superior hotels / 3-keys superior tourist apartment is 3€-      1-star/-key,2-star/-key and 3-star/-key hotels and tourist apartments is 2€-      Holidayrentals (fincas, apartments, houses) and other tourist establishments is 2€-      Ruralhotels, agrotourism accommodation and inland tourism accommodation is 2€-      Hostels,lodgings, guest houses, boarding houses, tourist camps or campsites, sheltersand refuges is 1€-      Touristcruise liner is 2€(Anon.

, n.d.)In low season, whichis from November 1st to April 30th, the rate per day for:-      5-star,5-star luxury and 4-star superior hotels / 4-keys superior and 4-keys touristapartments is 1€-      4-star and3-star superior hotels / 3-keys superior tourist apartment is 0.75€-      1-star/-key,2-star/-key and 3-star/-key hotels and tourist apartments is 0.5€-      Holidayrentals (fincas, apartments, houses) and other tourist establishments is 0.5€-      Ruralhotels, agrotourism accommodation and inland tourism accommodation is 0.5€-      Hostels,lodgings, guest houses, boarding houses, tourist camps or campsites, sheltersand refuges is 0.25€-      Touristcruise liner is 0.

5€(Anon., n.d.)There are also someexception for the tax:-      Childrenunder 16 years old don’t have to pay the tax.-      The longstay tourists will have 50% discount on the tax from the 9th day oftheir stay at the same accommodation.-      Cruisepassengers who travel on a ship that has the base port in Balearic Islands willnot have to pay the tax.

(Anon., n.d.). In 2017, the totalamount of sustainable tourism tax is 64 million €. Part of thisrevenue will be invested to projects that helps to improve the naturalenvironment and historical and cultural heritage as well as water cycle. Allthe projects are guaranteed to bring the positive impacts for both the localsand tourists.Here are some main projectsthat are selected to receive the investment:Acquisitionof the 6 properties that face the cloister of San Diego is the project ofConsell de Menorca for Alaior (Menorca).

It has been granted 841,266.00 €. Description:This project consists in acquiring the 6 buildings that face the cloister of SanDiego with the objective of proceeding to demolish and to adapt the originalfacade, continuing with the line that originally formed the cloister and thechurch. Purpose:Recovery and restoration of the historical andcultural heritage.(Anon., n.d.)Submarineatlas cartography Posidonia oceanic of the Balearic Islands is the project ofgovernment for all 4 islands: Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza andFormentera.

It has been granted 387,410.92 €.Description: This project intends tocomplete the cartography existing on the basis of oceanic Posidonia, to verifythe validity and the degree of fidelity / integrity of this, to create acomputer application that allows the user to know if it is in zone of allowedanchoring or not, as well as disseminate the project and its application.Purpose:Protect, preserve, modernise and restore thenatural, rural, agricultural and marine environment.

Drive to decrease seasonality, to create andactivate tourist products suitable for the off-peak season and to promotesustainable and off-peak season tourism.(Anon., n.d.)Strengtheningof the western wall of the Medieval Islamic castle of Santa Àgueda is the project of Consell Insular Menorca for Ferreries (Menorca). It has been granted 118.089,59€.

Description:The project involves consolidating andrenovating part of the wall located to the north of the central nucleus of theMedieval Islamic castle of Santa Àgueda to stop materials from coming loose orthreatening to fall.Purpose:Recovery and restoration of the historical andcultural heritage.(Anon., n.d.)Project to restore the waterinfrastructure for human consumption in the Cabrera National Park is the project of Government for Palma (Mallorca). It has been granted 70.000€Description:This project derives from the need to renovateusing carbon fibre or similar materials the floor of the main water supplyreservoir of the Cabrera archipelago as it currently shows clear signs ofdeterioration.

This will ensure the replacement of the steel lost to corrosion.Purpose:Protect, preserve, modernise and restore thenatural, rural, agricultural and marine environment.(Anon.

, n.d.)Seabirds.Recovery of the Balearic shearwater and other Balearic marine bird is the project of Government for Balearic Islands.

It has been granted 303.000€Description:The plan for the recovery and conservation ofsea birds of the Balearic Islands is being implemented with the aim of carryingout a biological restoration of colonies (eliminating invasive species fromcolonies), reducing mortality due to people, preventing risks from humanactivities and ensuring the monitoring of the colonies.Purpose:Protect, preserve, modernise and restore thenatural, rural, agricultural and marine environment.(Anon., n.d.)Newheadquarters for the Balearic Islands Symphonic Orchestra is the project of Government for Palma (Mallorca). It has been granted 400.

000,00 €Description:This project tackles the need to provide a newhome for the Balearic Islands’ symphony orchestra, as its current home hasinsufficient basic infrastructure, affecting on rehearsals and the musicians’technical preparation.Purpose:Recovery and restoration of the historical andcultural heritage.(Anon., n.d.

)Managementand restoration action plan of the Camí de Cavalls  is the project of CIMenorca for Menorca. It has been granted 260.695,99 €Description:This project involves carrying out a study andidentifying erosion points on the Camí de Cavalls on the island of Minorca. Thestudy includes a proposal for implementing management measures aimed atalleviating the erosion processes detected along the stretch analysed. Purpose:Recovery and restoration of the historical andcultural heritage.(Anon., n.

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