Children should be welcome
With reference to Mr Hounsell's comments on Pollensa's ongoing problems, I found most of his comments to be very valid.
However, his statement relating to families with small children and I quote inability of the better restaurants to exclude the nappy/push chair brigade in the late evenings reads as terrible snobbery.
I have visited Majorca since I was a small child and now do so with my own small children. The friendly nature of Majorcans towards children is one of many reasons people return year after year, regardless of its many reported problems.
I am sure the local families would find it unusual that an individual who has visited for thirty years was uncomfortable with children eating later in the evening in restaurants considering it is a normal custom both in Majorca and across the Mediterranean?
You've thrown out the challenge so here's my spin!
I'm no economist or businessman for that matter but when anyone starts to refer to countries in PLC terms I believe they've already lost the argument, there is no finer example of that than Margaret Thatchers UK PLC.
The current Balearic market may be aimed at 7 million people but the simple fact is it is not sustainable. Look at any economic modelling and you will see they conveniently avoid the ecological cost, i.e. the cost of sustaining the original value of the product or its raw materials. The Balearics are no different in this respect.
How many people coming to Majorca today see the beautiful island it was say 40 years ago? The answer is none because Balearics PLC had forgotton what its attraction was to start with - but it is not irrecoverable with a little less building and a little more husbandry.
Now, as for the economic downturn, yes of course there will be a downturn in the short term but alternative solutions will be found that do not require an influx of so many people. Fewer visitors with more disposable cash would seem to be one way forward - provided the quality of products and services on the island could be maintained or improved. In any case the Balearics cannot compete with places such as Turkey when they are more or less giving holidays away.
Maybe you will see my rationality over simplistic but I'm reminded of my first management maxim Keep it simple, stupid! Regards,
Editor's note: Good try Mr. Bedford but I am still not convinced. The Balearic economy needs seven million tourists, this year we will have six. It's as simple as that. If we want fewer tourists then a major re-think is needed with plenty more spin!
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