In the past I have accused the local authorities of being rather complacent when it comes to tourism. I felt that opportunities were being missed such as winter tourism. But I must admit that they do appear to have a plan. Low-season tourism is no longer just a joke or a nice little chestnut, it is happening. The season now lasts for nine to ten months and everyone agrees that there is more to this island than just the sun and the beach. Obviously the new convention centre in Palma is a major asset to the city and will help increase visitor numbers in the low season. British tour firms are actively talking about making Palma a weekend getaway destination during the low-season months and hiking is now almost as important as sun-and-beach tourism.