Spanish region popular with Brits issues update on plans for a tourist tax

Malaga, located in Andalusia
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A region in Spain popular with holidaymakers has rejected the introduction of a tourist tax. Officials in Andalusia decided against introducing a charge for visitors, saying that it was ‘premature’.

The Andalusia region includes holiday hotspots Marbella, Malaga, Almeria and Seville. A tourist tax was proposed by the president of Junta de Andalusia (Andalusia Council) Juanma Moreno earlier this year.

It comes as areas across Spain call for measures to be introduced to combat the negative effects of tourism, including in the Balearic and Canary Islands. Some destinations, such as Barcelona, already have a tourist tax in place.

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But in a meeting held in Malaga this week between the Junta - representatives of Andalucian municipalities - and business leaders, it was decided that a tourist tax would be ‘premature’, Euroweekly News reports. However, they did agree to set up an ‘observatory for local tourism sustainability under the Andalucian Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FAMP).’

This group will look at issues such as financing, public services, housing and social coexistence problems associated with tourism. It will gather data to help create a more sustainable tourism model that ensures local residents can benefit from tourism.

During the weekend anti-tourism protests were held in Majorca and Ibiza as locals called for a more sustainable tourism model. In April similar protests were held in the Canary Islands.

Residents have spoken out about rising housing prices linked to holiday rentals and the impact of tourism on the local environment. Earlier this month president of the Balearic Islands Marga Prohens said limits needed to be set when it comes to tourism.

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