The cracks are starting to appear in the so-called record holiday season. While it will go down in local history as a year in which the island welcomed a record number of tourists, there are already complaints about their limited spending power.

Majorca wants the best of both worlds - record visitor numbers with a record spend - but this does not appear to be the case this year. The drop in the value of sterling against the euro dented the spending power of British holidaymakers, but there is concern about the spending power of other nationalities. I suspect that this winter we will hear the “wise words” from local politicians that we need fewer tourists who spend more.

This summer there has been a slight backlash against tourism and for once the Balearic government is talking about an “overcrowded island”. It must be remembered that this summer has been rather unusual. We have welcomed thousands of additional tourists as a result of the security concerns in north Africa and in the eastern Mediterranean. So this could help to explain some of the overcrowding this summer. But if tourists are not spending, then the island has big problems. Local businesses need the summer cash for the winter period.

Before we start talking about a record period and a record season we must  take everything into account. A record number of tourists is fantastic news but a record spend would be even better news.


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Simon Tow / Hace over 5 years

Greed, corruption ( too much building on reclassified land ) and dropping the Peseta.


Ron Burgundy / Hace over 5 years

Correct, S. The All-Inclusives are slowly killing this island, just as they killed off Benidorm, Marbella and Portaventura. There's cafes and bars all along the mainland costas where once they'd be up for sale - now they will pay you to take over the lease.

How did we get here?


S. / Hace over 5 years

When will the authorities, and the self employed businesses etc. .Realise that the Hoteliers, control Mallorca, with their All Inclusive package deals. That now include nearly everything that concerns spending in Mallorca. All Inclusive guests, do not, and will not, spend money . Their attitude is, we have paid for everything in the inclusive deal. Some do not bring spending money.