According to the head of Ibiza’s Department of Tourism, the party island “cannot support much more increase in tourism.”
Vicente Torres opened up to Pulse Radio, expressing his concern for the rising number of visitors to the Balearic vacation destination. The main worry is with regards to the island’s resources, specifically the constant decline of clean water for residents and those vacationing. “We have a limited capacity being an island,” he mentioned. “Not only regarding the capacity of people but also regarding capacity of potable water and other important infrastructures such as roads, water treatment and desalination plans, etc.”
The fear is that the situation will reach a breaking point if tourism statistics increase in the near future. Beginning on July 1st, Ibiza’s government began enforcing a Sustainable Tourism Tax with the aim to address these problems and ensure they do not become a severe issue in the coming future. The new tax asks that hostel and camping visitors pay 50 cents per day, while those in luxury hotels and apartments will pay €2.
Torres went on to explain that, “in some areas we have already started renewing water pipes, since we know that 40 percent (approximately) of water is wasted due to the bad conditions of the pipes. There is also a prohibition of getting water out of wells during specific periods during the year.”
Other initiatives have begun to support sustainable and affordable tourism while visiting the island.