Ibiza Tourism Chief: Visitor Boom Putting a Strain on Resources
PHOTO: Hard Rock Ibiza. (photo courtesy of Hard Rock Hotels)
There is a downside to being too popular.
According to the head of Ibiza's tourism department Vicente Torres, the tourism boom the island destination is currently in the midst of is putting a strain on its resources, the most important one being water.
"More people on the islands means more people consuming our resources, water, environment," Torres said in an interview with Pulse Radio.
"Nowadays we have nearly 100,000 legal touristic beds and a registered population of 13,000 inhabitants, approximately," added Torres. "The island is just 572 square kilometers (220 square miles); we cannot support much more increase in tourism."
Torres said the island currently can't support a continued increase in visitors because of limited access to key resources like potable water and medical treatment.
However, officials are working to address the issue. Torres told Pulse Radio that campaigns are in the works to educate and encourage tourists to conserve water on the island. What's more, he noted that $44 million is being invested in the island's aging and ineffective piping system.
Most recently, Ibiza introduced a tourist tax July 1 that's expected to bring in several million dollars in revenue that the island will use to fund natural resource protection efforts.
For travelers eyeing a trip to Ibiza, the tourist tax means a slightly more expensive trip.
According to the Daily Mail, a family of four with two children aged over 16 should expect to pay an extra $77 for a two-week stay.
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