Balearics tourism ecotax takes effect

The regional government of Spain's Balearic islands yesterday introduced its flagship tourism ecotax, disregarding vocal opposition from hoteliers. The tax, designed to palliate the effects of mass tourism on the islands' environment, still faces a legal challenge from the central government in Madrid (EED 18/01/02). The islands' red-green coalition government hopes to raise euros 30m from tourists in the first year. Revenues are destined initially for the demolition of detrimental tourist infrastructure and the acquisition of nature reserves. See Balearics government.

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