While there is much talk about a record season in Majorca, spare a thought for the beautiful island of Minorca. This winter it suffered a big fall in winter tourism as a result of the demise of Monarch and over Easter there was a 37 per cent fall in the number of visitors.
I love nothing better than a holiday on Minorca, but unfortunately it appears that it is too reliant on British tourism. Over the years the Minorcan authorities have tried to encourage visitors of other nationalities but it has always been the British who have reigned supreme. Minorca is proud of its British roots - for 100 years it was ruled by the British - but it does appear that once loyal British tourists are going elsewhere. The local ministry for tourism is concerned. The number of winter tourists dropped by 20 per cent.
We moan about the poor air connections with Britain over the winter, but Minorca has an even bigger problem. Everyone is convinced that tourists will come in big numbers during the peak summer months but there is concern over the other months. No one is too sure how the British market is going to react this summer: the fall in the value of sterling and rise of cheaper holiday destinations in north Africa and the eastern Mediterranean could mean that the British will being going elsewhere. This is a problem in Majorca but it is an even greater problem in Minorca. It is a question of fingers crossed for the Minorcan tourist industry.
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