There is sufficient uncertainty in the global tourist industry as it is, with security being the main issue. For example, just a week after the London attack, in which foreigners and tourists were injured and killed, Israelis are being warned off going to the Red Sea resorts in Egypt amidst chatter of further terrorist attacks in which other nationalities would no doubt get caught up.

The last thing the tourist industry needs is more confusion and Palma right now is doing a very good job at sending out all the wrong messages. On the one hand, we have government bodies dedicated to establishing the capital as a leading city-break destination while on the other we have politicians plotting a ban on apartment holiday rentals and a cap on more hotels in the centre.

Over the past few years, millions of euros have been invested by the private sector in the boutique hotels the city has become famous for. And now, thein coming mayor wants to put a stop to all that and fine people who rent apartments out to holidaymakers as much as 40,000 euros.

With competing destinations very much coming back online, such as Greece and other eastern Mediterranean destinations, Palma needs to get its plan in order and make sure it sends out a clear message that people understand.

Yes, I agree, there needs to be fair-priced housing for people who work and live in the capital, but alarming headlines and confusing messages neither help the tourist industry nor the real-estate sector and all the other businesses which rely on self-catering holidaymakers.

Full marks for the new mayor wanting to make his mark before taking over in June, but I would advise against introducing measures which will turn visitors and investors away from the city because nothing good will come of it. Remember, "a tourist a friend" plus any investor who is going to create jobs and boost the economy.

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