It may have been a long winter and Easter was early this year, but I still get the impression that Majorca is not really open for the start of the season. You get the impression that it is a question of work in progress with many projects still to be completed. I was quite amazed to see in Puerto Pollensa that the beach beds and sun umbrellas were not out, and there was a feeling of things being rather quiet at the majority of places I visited over the Easter holidays.

This year it is a case of wait and see about the holiday season. No one is too sure how the season is going to evolve. There are concerns about Turkey and resorts in north Africa, and judging by what I saw over Easter, Majorca should be concerned.

I am sure that over the next few weeks someone will roll out some statistics which claim that it has been the best Easter ever, but I wouldn't be convinced. I believe that Majorca should be on its guard, watching prices and making sure that tourist tax cash is being diverted to the resorts. The good old days when the island was a safe haven destination are well and truly over. There is plenty of competition and in many cases competitors are cheaper.

The island will get millions of tourists during the peak summer months, but I doubt that it is going to be a record-breaking summer. The truth of the matter is that the last few years have been excellent and now we can expect average seasons.

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Henry James / Hace 7 months

I did,of course,mean prize,wish they would hurry up and operate on my cataracts.

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Henry James / Hace 7 months

Almost all the "facts",figures and statistics put out by any source on Majorca could qualify for the Booker Price for fiction.

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Richard Pearson / Hace 7 months

Roy, depends on the sort of properties you are talking about. I also think a lot of prices are based on wishful thinking.

Prices also went up by leaps and bounds in between 1998 and 2008, then looked what happened.

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OSN / Hace 8 months

Mallorca, for good, or bad, is on a slow transition from 3 star mass market package holidays to a high percentage residential market, with higher end tourism. The bean counters should stop measuring success in terms of pure numbers of visitors.

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Roy / Hace 8 months

Another doom and gloom scenario, all to proven false by the end of the season.... you only have to study property prices, particularly in the North of the island, to appreciate how popular Mallorca has become.

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