By Jason Moore
I just get the impression that the local authorities have thrown in the towel when it comes to winter tourism in the Balearics. This year there are only a very small number of hotels open and in the north of the island many of the key resorts have completely closed down. While the Balearics does have some disadvantages over the winter, mainly the weather, it still has some major advantages. Look at this week's San Sebastian festivities. All the events ranging from rock concerts, to parades and firework displays are free. Throughout the week there is a party in Palma. Surely tourists would be interested and I am convinced more than one would jump on a flight to the island to join the fun. If only these events were properly promoted in Britain and Germany. There is plenty going on in Majorca during the winter which could very easily be enjoyed by tourists. Plenty has been said over the years about winter tourism but nothing has been done. The summer season is getting shorter every year, now starting in June rather than April, and the islands are feeling the pinch. The Balearics are an all round holiday destination if only the local authorities realise it and started taking some action. Bars and hotels need to be persuaded to stay open and the closed sign removed from resorts. If the Balearics had a balance of tourists throughout the year it would be a far better place.


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