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Brit holidays to Mallorca and Ibiza could change as furious hotels call for tourist tax to be SCRAPPED

Birmingham Mail logo Birmingham Mail 11/02/2019 James Rodger

a sunset over a body of water: People stand on the rocks at last light in San Antonio. © Chris Jackson/Getty Images People stand on the rocks at last light in San Antonio. Popular British tourist hotspots have called on the government to scrap a controversial "tourist tax".

Among the islands affected by the tax - which they've branded a "serious threat" - are popular sun-kissed destinations Majorca and Ibiza.

The number of tourists flocking from Birmingham, the Midlands and beyond in Britain to the Spanish holiday hotspots has fallen.

Ibiza has also experienced a drop in numbers, with Benidorm even worse hit, registering half a million less overnight stays booked compared to the previous year.

The Hotel Business Federation of Ibiza and Formentera has branded the tax "damaging" and calling for it to be lifted.

The tax was reintroduced in 2016 - and then doubled in 2018.

Holidaymakers are charged between two and four euros extra each night they stay.

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The tax applies to each Balearic island - from Majorca and Menorca to Ibiza.

Tourists will typically pay the fee at hotel receptions, when checking in or checking out during their stay.

The Hotel Business Federation of Mallorca (FEHM), the Hotel Business Federation of Ibiza and Formentera (FEHIF) and the Hotel Association of Menorca (ASHOME) has issued a statement.

A spokesperson said: "Those decisions could not have been more inappropriate given the uncertainty looming over the sector could already be glimpsed."

They added: "The Brexit process in the United Kingdom directly affects the reserves of one of our main markets, which in the period from January to November 2018 has registered a decrease in the islands of 1.5 per cent, in Menorca minus ten per cent and for the 2019 season is even more pronounced."

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What is the tourism tax?

A tourism tax is a small fee charged to visitors who are staying in the country or city.

The idea is that the funds generated from the taxes can then be poured back into tourism-related purposes, as well as maintaining landscapes and counteracting any damage caused by overtourism.

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How much does it cost?

Prices vary depending on your destination and your chosen accommodation, but in Europe they're usually just a few Euros extra a night.

In this case, if you're staying in a three or four star hotel, you'll pay £2.76 extra a day over from May to October, or £1.38 for a stay from November through to April.

It's worth noting that VAT can also be added.

Who has to pay it?

Anyone who's aged 16 or over will have to pay a tourist tax.

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How do you pay it?

The tourism tax is usually incorporated into your hotel price so you won't have to pay this separately.

However, if you've booked a package holiday then it's unlikely your tour operator will have included the tax in the price - so make sure to budget it when you check-in to avoid any nasty surprises.

What if I'm not staying in a hotel?

If you've opted for a holiday rental, villa or campsite, you won't be exempt from the tourism tax - it affects any holiday accommodation.

However, again, this is likely to be included in the rental price.

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