The Herbert Tax
April 24, 2016 by skopelosnews
Herberts at play on an unspoilt beach in sun-kiss’d Benidorm
One of our many spies draws our attention to a report in The Newspaper That Dare Not Speak Its Name (Oh, OK, The Daily Heil
) that parts of Spain, the Balearic Islands and Malta are imposing new tourism taxes that could see families paying over £80 extra for a holiday. As tourists steer clear of jihadi-friendly destinations like Egypt and Tunisia, and bookings to bomb-prone Turkey are reported to be, ahem, “subdued”, Malta is looking at an extra six million euro income a year from a tax of five euro per adult visitor, while the Balearics have announced new taxes that could add £84 to a holiday for a family of four. Greece, of course, removed preferential VAT rates for certain islands last year, but it has yet to impose surcharges on visitors.