By Humphrey Carter

MAJORCA'S image is also being commented on by Andrew Ede in his blog today, but while he is picking up on an interview given by one of Spain's captains of tourism over the weekend, I am drawing on statements made by Aviba, the Association of Balearic Travel Agents about the threat of a strike action by baggage handlers in the middle of this month.

Tens of thousands of Spanish and international air travellers have the sour taste of the air traffic controllers' walk out in December still in their throats and now, 60'000 Spanish ground handling staff look set to push ahead with industrial action on August 18. 5'000 of the employees will be walking out at Balearic airports with stories of holiday disruption already slapped across the newspapers in the UK. German holiday makers managed to avoid a strike by their air traffic controllers yesterday, but those coming to Spain are not going to escape the chaos which will be caused by the airport strikes. Aviba said yesterday that the industrial action is merely going to inflict further damage to Spain's image as its tourist industry crawls its way out of recession. And, industry sources in the United Kingdom also claimed yesterday that the number of Britons coming to Spain has been steadily falling over recent years because of annual industrial action affecting the tourist industry and ruining their holidays. One way or another, Spain has an image crisis which needs to be resolved.

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