Dear Sir, THANK you MDB for your very informative What's On, page. I was interested in the Saint Antony festivities and Sant Sebastia celebrations. I went to the “Tourist” Office in Palma for information on what was on and the venues, lots of glossy literature but all in Spanish............ The lady in the “Tourist” Information Office looked at me in amazement when I asked for an English equivalent and she advised me they only produced the Leaflets and Brochures in Spanish, no other language!!! and that Tourists were not interested in Sant Antony or Sant Sebastia festivities. Could it be the case visitors to the Island may be unaware of the times and places of the Festivities? Could it be the case Tourists may be discouraged from visiting Majorca assuming nothing is happening?

Surely when there are any festivities taking place the “Tourist” Information Offices should provide information to all tourists, not just Spanish visitors. Is this asking too much?

Thank you MDB for keeping your readers up to date with the festivities going on, on the Island.
Alicia Somerville
Dear Sir, I CANNOT understand the worry about the future of Spanish bars due to the new non-smoking laws. They are not essential to the general economy and are mainly run by one man and his wife, so the supposed increase in out of work workers will just not happen. Also there are just too many bars anyway. A stroll around the suburbs of any Spanish town will confirm this. The editor himself said that the bar where he normally has breakfast was not busy, neither was the one next door! Over the past few years anyone could rent a property do a bit of building, organise the delivery of drink, foodstuffs and slot machines and you were in business, no matter that there were already six other bars within walking distance. Why should they be any different from other types of businesses who generally make sure that they have a catchment area before even considering investing any money? I think the editor should be more worried about the lack of kiosks and newspaper and book shops. It is virtually impossible to buy reading material unless one walks for miles or happens to pull into a station to buy petrol. Bars that offer quality and service will survive. The spit and sawdust ones, opened on a shoestring will, quite rightly, disappear. Yours sincerely, Simon Tow


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