I am sure that we have all complained about there being too many tourists in Palma during the peak summer months. But our moans and groans usually pass quickly when we remember that tourism is our principal source of revenue, and I am sure that we can suffer some "discomfort" in the interest of the Balearic economy. The protest being planned in Palma for Sunday to coincide with the arrival of the giant cruise ship, Symphony of the Seas, sends out the wrong message completely. I sincerely doubt that many will take part in the protest anyway, but they will certainly make a point and it will be quickly picked up by some as a new sign that Palma is opposed to tourism.
This is not the case at all. The protest should be aimed at the ports authority which has allowed this vessel into port, not the tourists who are aboard. The protest shouldn't be taking place anyway because at the end of the day we need the revenue. More than 6,000 people descending on Palma in a single day does sound a lot, but remember that only about 50 per cent of cruise ship passengers will go ashore. It has been a long and cold winter for many businesses on the island. Palma has been unusually quiet over the winter period. So surely the sight of thousands of cruise ship passengers coming ashore should be greeted as good news rather than bad. I feel the Balearic government could do more to underline the merit of tourism to the local economy. Without tourism we are nothing.
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