TOURISTS hoping to make the most of boozy breaks at Mallorca and Ibiza could be forced to fork out more cash due to a possible increase to the eco-tax.
The Balearic Government is pushing to stamp out drunken behaviour at the tourist meccas – hoping that an increase to the daily tourist tax will put off those seeking for cheap party holidays.
The Daily Mail reported the taxes could as much as double by 2018.
Those arriving at the sunny destinations by cruise ship could also be made to pay up – having previously escaped the tax if they stayed at the island for less than 12 hours.
Tourists are currently made to fork out between 25 cents to €2 a day to stay in the tourist hotspots.
There are off-peak times for tourists to escape the full tax between November 1 and April 30 but that could also be changed in the draft of proposals.
The government has not made a final call about the change to the tax, with it yet to go through Parliament, but a decision is likely in August.
UK airports have been filled with Spanish-bound, sun-seeking tourists with Gatwick airport reporting that it had seen 8.5 million passengers travelling to Spain last year.
Record numbers of Brits flocked to Spain last year, with a surge of interest in sunny county after other spots were warned at being at risk of terror attacks.
The surge saw concerns among locals mount, with the 67million tourists in 2016 far out-numbering the country’s population of 47 million.
Anti-tourist slogans have previously been graffitied around Mallorca’s capital, Palma, with messages reading “tourists go home” and “tourist you are the terrorist”.
The messages were removed by police but reflected the anti-tourist sentiment felt in some of the Spanish towns.
Around 3.4million UK tourists visited the Balearic islands last year, with the majority visiting Majorca.
But their holidays could be that much drier, with the Spanish police calling for a crackdown on the sale of booze to tourists at airports.
Tourists heading to Magaluf also face dozens of laws introduced in an attempt to curb out-of-control behaviour.
Among the rules including climbing a tree, shining a laser and using soap in the public showers.
The Croation island of Hvar was recently named as an up and coming party spot for boozed-up Brits.
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