The Balearic Islands are a popular holiday destination and offer everything travelers could hope for. The Balearic Government covers Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera, all holiday hotspots for Brits.
A new ‘Green Law’ is being implemented by the Balearic government which will impact UK holidaymakers.
The new regulations will require tourism businesses to make many changes.
With an investment of €55m (£45m), the Balearics are determined to move towards a more sustainable tourism future.
Businesses such as bars, restaurants and hotels will need to make big changes to comply with the new rules.
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The aim of the new law is for the Balearic Islands to be a “tourism leader”.
The new tourism model will change the face of the industry in the islands, emphasizing sustainability and ‘circular plans’.
To protect “the greatest asset of the islands, the natural heritage of the islands”, the Balearic Islands 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 energy”.
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Limiting the use of plastic and paper, prioritizing locally sourced foods and implementing systems to optimize consumption are part of the new law.
The Balearic government promotes the use of rainwater, with tourist establishments having to measure their water consumption.
Hotels will also have to install double push buttons on toilets and water savers on taps in sinks, bathtubs and showers.
The new law will also introduce the mandatory use of bed lifts to minimize accidents on the job of maids.
President of the Balearic Islands, Francina Armengol, said: “The tourism sector in the Balearic Islands is primarily interested in continuing to embrace cutting-edge tourism innovation.
“It will help advance ‘a transformation that has been underway for some time’.
“The new laws bring together a series of measures that will enable a more inclusive and sustainable form of economic growth.
“It will improve the cohabitation of workers, residents and tourists; more efficient use of resources; as well as the strengthening of public-private collaboration, in accordance with the guidelines established for the allocation of European funds.