Ibiza is a party-goers must. It has been on millions of peoples’ bucket lists, and will likely continue to for many years to come. Arguably the mecca for dance music, the island has become cult-like in its reputation when compared to other locations around the globe.
However tourists planning to visit the sun-kissed shores of Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca or Malta on or after 1st July will now be accountable to the approved “Sustainable Tourism Tax”. While an ethical effort to “protect the islands’ resources” it really isn’t as bad as it may seem.
The new tax will affect people over 16 and will be applied to each night of their stay on the four islands. Ranging from 50 cents per night to €2 for visitors after the more luxurious accommodations, the tax is thankfully then halved after an individual’s 8th night of staying. It is also halved during the ‘off-season’ between the months of November and March. Meanwhile, set to begin during June, visitors to Malta over the age of 18 will be required to pay a similar tax of €0.50 per night, capping at €5 per person, per vacation.
Almost ironically in Ibiza’s case, those visiting the islands for health purposes will be exempt from the tax. Though it is worth noting what constitutes valid reasoning and proof is not explicitly stated.
However, for what is it worth, we have a hunch this won’t be deterring many away from the stellar line-up of acts Ibiza has promised for this summer! And in turn, benefiting the effort to preserve its natural beauty at the same time.
H/T: Dancing Astronaut