The Balearic Islands ratifies the Annual Sustainable Tourism Plan for 2023

Aug 2, 2022 | Current affairs, Featured, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

\ The ratification comes just a few days after its approval by the Commission for the Promotion of Sustainable Tourism.

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\ The Plan has a total budget of 138 million euros, and entities have until 31 August to present their projects.

The Consell de Govern has ratified the agreements reached at the Commission for the Promotion of Sustainable Tourism, which met last week in a plenary session, and which are reflected in the approval of the Annual Plan for the Promotion of Sustainable Tourism for 2023. With this Plan, the Commission resumes its current role of investment and measures to promote sustainable tourism, moving beyond the stage of measures adopted to adapt to the pandemic and the process of economic recovery.

The new action plan is endowed with 138.8 million euros and will allow projects to be presented both to the bodies dependent on the Govern and to those proposed by the island councils, the FELIB, and the town councils of Palma and Ibiza. In the case of the rest of the town halls, projects will have to be presented through the FELIB, and in the cases of Menorca, Eivissa and Formentera, they will also be able to do so through the corresponding island councils.

The document reflects the priorities established in the Balearic Islands 2030 Autonomous Regional Strategic Investment Plan, which sets out a roadmap to guide the investment effort to be carried out in the Balearic Islands over the course of this decade.

In this sense, the Annual Plan to Promote Sustainable Tourism will prioritise projects related to the Strategic Investment Plan, and specifically will give priority to projects related to:

  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation.
  • Access to housing and solutions to housing emergencies
  • Sustainable blue economy, marine biodiversity and marine science
  • Biomedicine and health sciences
  • Sustainable mobility
  • Circular economy
  • R&D&I projects are especially linked to some of the sectors identified in the previous sections.

Likewise, the 2023 Annual Plan maintains the rest of the objects that can be financed by the ITS fund:

  • Protection, preservation, modernisation and recovery of the natural, rural, agricultural and marine environment.
  • Promotion of the depersonalisation, creation and activation of tourism products that can be practised in the low season and promotion of sustainable and low season tourism.
  • Recovery and rehabilitation of historical and cultural heritage.
  • Promotion of scientific research, development and technological innovation (R&D&I) projects that contribute to economic diversification, the fight against climate change or are related to the field of tourism.
  • Improving training and the quality of employment. Promotion of employment in the low season.
  • Actions in housing policies aimed at promoting access to housing, especially social renting, with energy sustainability criteria.

The deadline for submission is 31 August.
From the ratification of the agreement of the Consell de Govern today, entities may submit applications electronically, through a form that can be downloaded from the portal The Official Bulletin of the Balearic Islands will publish the full text of the 2023 Annual Plan. The deadline for submitting applications for projects to be financed is 31 August 2022.

For all purposes, projects that do not exceed the minimum amount of €1,000,000 will not be considered, except in the case of the island of Formentera, where, due to its characteristics, the minimum amount is set at €500,000.