Too many cars, too many cruise ships, too many tourists. You would have thought that Majorca would be basking in the success of its tourist industry. But no, there appear to be too many moans. Yes, Majorca is crowded during the key summer months but that is the price we pay for having a buoyant economy which is driven by the tourist millions. Let’s face it we are only talking about three months of the year. This winter the island has been very quiet; in fact too quiet. Like it or not the local economy needs giant cruise ships coming into port. If they are turned away that will send out the wrong message. The ports authority needs to ensure that visits by cruise ships are staggered so that they are not all arriving in port on the same day and time. It is not rocket science.

I understand the complaints of some who say that Palma is overcrowded but I would also warn them that we would be in big trouble if the city wasn't crowded during the summer months. We can't have the cake and eat it. Sacrifices have to be made in return for the high standard of living which the island enjoys. Over the last decade Majorca has enjoyed some excellent summer seasons. But I can remember some poor seasons when there was a big fall in tourism. This hit the local economy hard. Yes, the crowding can be eased but remember that we need tourism. We are not in the lucky position to say that enough is enough. Tourists are needed and in big numbers.

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Jaime / Hace 11 months

Well said Antonia - I have the same feedback from my own family. If it wasn't agriculture it was down the pit, mining in terrible conditions, charcoal burning or some other subsistence activity. As for politics in the Baleares - it's in a MÉS!

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Will / Hace 11 months

OMG, let’s all stick our heads in the sand and say we can’t get better. We do not need millions of tourists in the three months of summer, we need quality not quantity along with sustainability a lengthening of the season and quality employment.

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Antonia / Hace 11 months

I could not agree more. It always amazes me how many people yearn to return to the "good old days" before tourism, but according to my late grandmother they were not so good. Before the advent of the tourist industry people were totally dependent on agriculture (without subsidies!) so if your harvest failed, you simply didn't eat. It is simple really, you either put up with the drawbacks of economic success or you put up with the drawbacks of economic failure. If the current local politicians are not doing enough to mitigate the impact of the busy tourist season, vote them out and vote in some competent politicians who can.

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Britbabe / Hace 11 months

Well Jason, it´s not very often that I agree with the content of your Viewpoint but today I do ! Mallorca depends on tourism. Fact. Find solutions, don´t just moan about problems.

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Steve Riches / Hace 11 months

An Editorial that makes sense Jason. Now try telling that to the people who run tourism, and to the various groups who protest against tourism. Aye - there's the rub!

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