I think of ecological issues such as protecting the beaches, monuments, wild life, water supplies, sewage removal and management, pollution, etc, etc.
Things like improving and expanding the purifiers so that nothing is poured into the sea and all that purified water being re-used in irrigation and other uses before it ends up in the sea.....You get my drift.?
Nobody seems to know where last year's money has gone, there's no public accounts or visible improvements.
We should stop calling it an eco-tax and call it what it is... A tax levied on tourists which they've now admitted that the revenue collected will be used for 'other things'.
There is doubt that it's even legal, hence why they haven't passed the task of collecting the tax onto the airports and ports, instead it's extra work passed onto hotel/ apartment receptionists to collect it, for the same wages.
It's not enough that they owe any prosperity they have had to the tourist trade and after years of taking the cash and not spending it on projects to have sustainable tourism, now they want to fleece the tourists again with this tax.
It's not as though an explosion of tourists has happened overnight, they've seen the tourist numbers increasing over many years, and during the autumn and winter months delegates from the tourist departments have travelled around the world promoting the islands.
It's not just foreign tourists who are going to be paying......
If you're a born and bred Spaniard living in Mallorca or mainland Spain and go to the Balearic Islands for your holiday...you pay the tourist tax.!
If you are a seasonal worker staying in a tourist accommodation (hotel or apartment), you also have to pay. They (government) wanted to just hit the foreign tourists, but the EU said no, it must apply to everyone, including Spanish citizens.
Spain has a national programme called ' IMSERSO'..... It has two objectives.
It offers holidays to senior citizens and disabled people at a reduced rate during the low season.
By offering these holidays and sending OAP'S on holiday during the low season, it keeps the hotels open and people in employment, thereby not claiming seasonal unemployment benefits, so the programme is self funding.
It's been suggested to use some of the tourist tax revenue to set up a mini system for the Balearic Islands for their OAP'S and disabled to go island hopping.
The almond trees in Mallorca have a disease, the EU have told them to contain it by destroying the infected trees and eradicating all vegetation within a 100 metre radius and grow nothing for 5 years......it's also infecting other carrier species.... olive trees, fruit trees and lavender
The EU will not pay any compensation until a containment plan has been tried and in place for 2 years.
So......Some of the tourist tax will be allocated to the farmers because tourists like taking photos of the almond trees when they are in blossom.