Authorities concerned Ibiza can’t handle increased tourist presence
Ibiza‘s ideal location in the Mediterranean off the coast of Spain has long made it an ideal vacation spot for Europe and, increasingly, the world at large. The surge in tourists, however, has local authorities concerned the island will not have the infrastructure necessary to cater to their needs.
2016 is set to see the largest recorded number of tourists visiting the island – a byproduct of tensions and unrest in other parts of the world – particularly Turkey, Tunisia, and Egypt, formerly popular vacation spots that have dwindled due to their instability. Many are now heading to Ibiza instead.
This worries the head of Ibiza’s Department of Tourism, Vincent Torres, who enumerated a list of concerns including the availability of drinking water, the transportation infrastructure, and housing for tourists.
The island is implementing measures to safeguard their paradise, namely a Sustainable Tourist Tax, with the proceeds intended to protect the island’s resources — a moratorium on building on certain parts of the island, and the renewal and upkeep of the island’s water supply system. It remains to be seen, however, if these measures will prove effective when dealing with the mass of tourists over the season.