Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza issue new tourism law – affecting Britons’ holidays this summer

Balearic Islands a 'safe destination' for UK tourists says expert

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The Balearic Islands are a popular holiday destination and offer everything travellers could hope for. The Balearics Government covers Majorca, Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera, all holiday hotspots for Britons.

A new “green law” is being implemented by the Balearic Government, which will impact British holidaymakers.

The new regulation will force tourism businesses to make a lot of changes.

With an investment of €55million (£45M), the Balearics are determined to move towards a more sustainable tourism future.

Businesses such as bars, restaurants and hotels will have to make big changes to comply with the new rules.

The goal of the new law is for the Balearics to be a “leader in tourism”.

The new tourism model will change the face of the industry in the islands, with an emphasis on sustainability and “circular plans”.

To protect the islands’ “greatest asset, the islands’ natural heritage”, the Balearics aim to become the first circular destination in the world.

All businesses will now be required to have a circularity plan, which will include “nutrition, water use, waste, and clean energies”.

There will also be a new way to classify hotels, with greater importance put on sustainability.

Holidaymakers will no longer be offered single-use bathroom amenities, now prohibited under the new law.

Hotels will also substitute all paper handouts for QR codes and will have to measure their waste.

Food-loving holidaymakers will want to know the use of endangered species as food will now be prohibited and all Balearic fish and seafood will have to be traceable.

The limitation of plastic and paper use, the prioritisation of locally sourced food and the implementation of consumption optimisation systems are all part of the new law.

The Balearics Government is promoting the use of rainwater, with tourist establishments made to measure their water consumption.

Hotels will also need to install double push buttons on WC and water-saving devices on washbasin, bathtub, and shower taps.

The new law will also implement the obligatory use of elevating beds to minimise workplace accidents for chambermaids.

President of the Balearic Islands, Francina Armengol, said: “The tourism sector in the Balearic Islands is primarily interested in continuing to adopt cutting edge tourism innovation.

“It will enable the advancement of ‘a transformation which has been in the running for some time’.

“The new laws bring together a series of measures which will allow a more inclusive and sustainable form of economic growth.

“It will allow an improvement to the cohabitation of workers, residents and tourists; a more efficient use of resources; as well as boosting public-private collaboration, in line with the guidelines established for the allocation of European funds.”

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