British holidaymakers could face double taxation under new rules

A popular Spanish holiday island is considering the idea of ​​banning cruise ships as part of tough new measures. Mallorca is considering a ban on large cruise ships docking on the island and is considering imposing a tourist tax on cruise passengers in a bid to regulate tourism.

In May 2022, the Balearic Islands hotspot limited the number of cruise ship arrivals per day to just three ships. Within this limit, only one ship may have a capacity of more than 5,000 passengers.

The Committee on Tourism, Trade, Employment, Culture and Sport is currently working with the Balearic Government and cruise lines to renew the agreement and coordinate the timing of ship arrivals.

Mayor Jaime Martinez has tabled a proposal to ban large ships and only allow cruise ships that designate Mallorca as their home port to stop over on the island. If these plans become reality, only small or medium-sized cruise ships would be allowed access to the dock in Mallorca.

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Last October, a coalition of eight local businesses, including bars and restaurants, begged the government to lift cruise restrictions after an 18 percent drop in passenger numbers, as reported by the Mallorca Daily Bulletin. They released a statement claiming: “Don’t demonize cruise ship passengers, it’s family tourism with high purchasing power,” reports Birmingham Live.

Palma, the capital, currently sees an influx of more than two million cruise ship tourists every year. However, Mayor Martinez is also pushing for a tourist tax specifically aimed at cruise passengers.

This tax could be levied upon tourists’ arrival at the port, while another possible tax is being considered for entry into Palma itself.

Potential cruise passengers could face double taxation when visiting Mallorca if the proposed plans are implemented. The proposed measures “will have to be debated”, said Martinez, who further stated that he welcomes consensus “with the other political parties, social and neighborhood organizations and experts. We need data to make decisions”.

These proposals will be presented during the plenary session on Thursday.

Regardless of whether these plans gain the agreement of other parties, Martinez is determined that “they will be implemented.”