Are there just too many tourists this year? This is a question which some people have been asking. Thankfully, it is only a small number of people who have obviously forgotten that without tourism this island is nothing; and remember that it is a very long and cold winter. On some given days, when the Port of Palma is packed with cruise ships, the city centre does feel rather overcrowded. But no-one in their right mind who lives in Majorca would ever say that we have too many tourists. It must be remembered that the majority of businesses survive during the winter on the money they have made during the summer. If there are more tourists, then they will have an easier winter period.

I would say, though, that it is a pity that the season isn't longer. By the end of next month the majority of tourist resorts will be like ghost towns with the busy summer months a distant memory. In fact, I would say that Majorca needs more tourists, especially during the winter months. If we had a balanced season lasting from January to December, this island would be a far better place. I would like to see hotels open all-year round, not just surviving on a four-month season. Can you imagine the drop in unemployment if hoteliers decided to open their businesses during the 12 months of the year. Unfortunately, this is not going to happen. So let us celebrate that we have so many tourists. We need them for our livelihoods.