While all-inclusive package holidays are often slammed by businesses in resorts, it must be said that for some families on a budget they offer the opportunity of a cheap holiday in the sun. It also must be said that Majorca, and especially Palma, is no longer cheap: some families would be amazed to discover that dinner for four at a relatively average Palma restaurant will cost the same as their all-inclusive package holiday.

I do think that in some part of Palma businesses are getting rather carried away with their prices. A degree of price control needs to be introduced sooner rather than later. This handful of businesses are trying to cash in on the cruise ship market. Paying in excess of three euros for a soft drink is an outrage. I think the Balearic government needs to look at pricing and setting a maximum and a minimum price for drinks. It is quite amazing that you can pay anything from one euro to 3.50 for a beer. Tourists and residents alike want value for money.

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Simon Tow / Hace over 5 years

I wouldn´t call it price fixing, more like, as Jason says, a degree of price control.

In the "bad old days" when tourism was controlled from Madrid with an iron iron in a velvet glove, all these establishments had to submit their price lists to the authorities who would give them their bleassing ( or not ) depending on the star rating or standard of the business concerned.

You could quote any price or range of prices you liked but they had to be within the limits the ministry considered would be acceptable to the average tourist.

Not many were brave or foolish enough to try charging more than the authorised price list.

It seems that everybody was happy with this solution.

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Ssmac / Hace over 5 years

Did you not know Jason that price fixing in the eu is totally illegal. If a companies are found to be doing this they can be fined 10% of their total yearly turnover

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S. / Hace over 5 years

The Tourist Tax, price increases on an annual basis in January, are the main causes for the need to assess costing, of a Holiday. Many Hotels are now cashing in on ALL INCLUSIVE PACKAGE deals. To include Car Hire, Tours, Shows,Train travelling to Soller and Sa Colabra. Shows like Son Amar, Pirates, etc. etc., mean ALL INCLUSIVE is gradually destroying the self employed. Of whom, are trying to run restaurants, shops,attractions,tours etc. Plus the suppliers and delivery Company's, are all seriously affected by the greedy Hoteliers ALL INCLUSIVE.

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Silversurfer / Hace over 5 years

I agree with you Jason. One thing that certainly need looking at is the price of water. As an absolute essential, it´s price should be controlled, especially at the airport where we have no choice but to pay an extortionate price.

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