Authorities of the Balearic Islands Will Buy Hotels to Close Them

The Government of the Balearic Islands has announced a new step in its “crusade” against excessive tourism. In 2022, there were 625,000 travel beds per 1.2 million inhabitants, one of the world’s largest travel supply. In the summer season, island resorts face colossal overcrowding: this year the Balearic Islands even have a new term – “mass destruction tourism”.

Local authorities are determined to reduce the number of places in the most budgetary and cheap segment, which attracts mainly British youth to the Balearic Islands.

a new law on tourism in the Balearic Islands has been passed. It limits the creation of new tourism establishments and also eliminates about 40,000 places in the economy segment in the medium and long term.

The reduction of tourist “illiquid assets” – 1 * and 2 * hotels, “toxic” entertainment establishments, night bars and eateries – will be carried out through their purchase: 10 million euros will be allocated for this purpose. Depending on the location, these establishments will either close forever, or they will be upgraded.

With this measure, the executive branch intends to promote a qualitative renewal of the tourist offer, primarily in Ibiza and Mallorca.

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