We have been told so many times by Majorcan tourism experts, including ministers for tourism that Majorca is in the DNA of the British. However, they seem to forget that holidays, especially family ones, depend on how much money is in people’s wallets.

Yes, the numbers this year, when it comes to bums on beaches and sun loungers, have been record breaking but the verdict is still out on money spent in resorts. Based on what I have been told over the past few months, it has not been much: certainly not a record amount.

And as winter sets in, people in northern Europe, not just the UK, will start to think about where to go on holiday next summer. The brochures are on the shelves and the television channels are full of advertisements but Majorca could get its fingers burned.

Over the past few years, money has been invested in improving the quality of hotels and services, but the Balearics as a whole has been the main beneficiary of security concerns in competing resorts.

Certain destinations are calming down while others, in particular Greece, have worked extremely hard at promoting tourism, bringing prices down and working with the overseas markets and airlines so everybody gets want they want. It worked this summer and no doubt will work even better next year.

Majorcan hoteliers have put their rates up by around 15 per cent for next year, while the pound has lost ten per,cent of its value, so a Majorcan package holiday right now costs 25 per cent more for 2017. A family could save nearly 50 per cent by going to Greece and it will not be long before Turkey and Egypt are back up and running - not to mention the Caribbean - and offering great deals.

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S. / Hace over 5 years

At last ! GREEDY HOTELIERS have been named. The Hoteliers control Mallorca. They take the majority of the Tourist Revenue.. When oh when, will the ALL INCLUSIVE tariff be outlawed,attacked and deemed illegal !. All Inclusive is destroying the Mallorcan overall revenue. Now , they coin in on the Tourist Tax too. The authorities may wake up soon, if it affects their revenues and salaries.

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Spanron / Hace over 5 years

Dave - I hope you get your private rental next year, as our tourism chief in league with the hoteliers wants to screw down, control and eliminate as many private rentals as he can.

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denis / Hace over 5 years

I agree with dave , after 25 years of visiting Majorca, my family are switching to Greece next summer because of what isee as greed by hotels in Majorca.

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dave / Hace over 5 years

It has been a hard decision for us. We have been visiting for nearly 20 years and love the island. However, prices for 2017 are horrendous. I created a FB page for people that we've met over the years. We keep in touch and discuss matters. In 3 months it's grown to 256 members and price has been discussed alot. Many are not returning next year. Others, ourselves included, have opted for a private rental. Fingers will be burnt.

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