When I attended the World Travel Market tourism fair in London last month, there was a single buzz word around the Balearic stand, Turkey. It was claimed that Turkey and other competing resorts were set to steal thousands of British tourists away from the islands. But nothing has been said locally about the so-called Turkish threat and we are heading towards a key holiday booking time. Now, it is evident, say some, that the islands will not be receiving as many tourists as in years gone by in 2018. The reason is obviously the cheaper competing resorts in the eastern Mediterranean. Privately, local politicians are saying that the islands can’t grow any more during the peak summer months. Unofficially, there is an impression that the good days are over and that the islands will return to a more balanced tourist industry. It is the hoteliers who are sounding the alarms bells claiming that the islands could lose in excess of one million tourists next season. I have even heard a drop of 20 per cent being mentioned. But of course it is early days.