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The Balearic Islands today approves its Tourism Law, which is committed to downsize holiday accommodation

After several weeks of debate, the bill for tourism circularity and sustainability in the Balearic Islands reaches the end of its processing in the Balearic Parliament, which this Tuesday will approve the new rule. Among other measures, it includes a moratorium or prohibition of new tourist places of accommodation during the next four years, as well as a decrease in hotel beds.

The Minister for the Economic Model, Tourism and Labor, Iago Negueruela, is confident that the new Tourism Law will be approved "without problems" because "there is a large majority in Parliament, not only of the groups that are part of the Government but of other groups that have joined many initiatives" such as Més per Menorca, El Pi or Ciudadanos.

Among the amendments, an elimination of places that are acquired by the exchange between owners of tourist establishments through the 2x1 formula has been agreed upon so that, for every two places that they exchange, they will have to cancel one, a system that will not come into operation until the current moratorium ends.

The moratorium on tourist places for four years is one of the most far-reaching measures of the new law. To do this, the island councils will have four years to establish their respective caps. "What we do from the Govern is to block the stock of beds because we need to reduce them," Negueruela explained in his day. 

The law will allow the expansion in the volume of hotels by 15% in exchange for a 5% reduction in the number of places, although thanks to the amendments presented, the green light is given to the expansion of the area of smaller establishments, without the need for them to reduce their beds, a measure that hoteliers have been calling for.

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