By Humphrey Carter

SO, fewer mega spending cruise passengers have visited Palma so far this year because North African destinations rocked by the Arab Spring have returned to normal and cruise lines are no longer afraid to return to their North African ports of call. How is Palma going to respond?

It was obvious, and tourism experts here acknowledged it last winter, that once tensions eased in North Africa, then they would be making a big push to recover their lost tourists and it appears that they have. We saw this week that Tunisia and Morocco are the runaway destinations for the British this summer and now the rest of North Africa, Egypt included, is fighting back, as was expected.

But what has Majorca done about it - nothing. The authorities had months to be proactive and prepare for a bookings battle but no. August hotel occupancy is expected to be around eight percent down on last year, despite Majorca being Spain's top spot, so when is the Minister for Tourism going to do something?

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