The World Travel Market tourism fair in London should prove very interesting this year because it saddles two important events. The trade fair takes place during the first week of November and brings the world tourism industry together under one roof.

The Balearics has its own stand and sends a large delegation including the Balearic President Francina Armengol. Britain is due to leave the European Union on October 31 and if it doesn´t Britain will have a new Prime Minister if Boris Johnson is to be believed.

Spain will also be gearing up for yet another election, the fourth in four years, if no accord is reached between the main parties on a coalition deal over the next few days. The election is scheduled to take place on November 10 so Spain will not have a government if and when Britain leaves on October 31. So very difficult times for both Spain and Britain which will have serious implications for the tourist industry.

There will not be a shortage of news at the London fair. The local authorities are deeply concerned at the prospect of a No-Deal Brexit because they fear long queues at border entry points. Also, British tourism is vital for Spain.

The industry will try and bring pressure so that Brexit doesn´t hit the British market but I sincerely doubt that there will be a Spanish government in place. So it will be a very worried Balearic tourist industry heading to London in November and no-one really knows what they can expect.


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Steve Riches / Hace over 2 years

Instead of swanning off to largely pointless tourism fairs, the people paid good money to promote this wonderful island need to formulate a daily updated multi-lingual website full of events and information that can be used by potential customers. So much goes completely unpromoted, despite the Daily Bulletin's what's on pages.


S.O. / Hace over 2 years

Mike: Border control at airports etc will take longer as you will have to join the queues for third countries with more thorough checking rather than joining the fast tracked non Schengen EU queues. And presumably exactly the same will apply to Spanish and other EU citizens when we travel to the UK as you will no longer have entry points specially for us. This will mean longer queues at either end like it or not.


Mike / Hace over 2 years

Brexit should have no effect at airports we are still the same people who come on holiday and keep spending our hard earned cash 💴 you need to worry about the rest of the Eu it’s all there criminals you allow in freely too rob smuggle drugs and murder that’s why our people are putting a stop ✋ to it ,at the end of the day business will still go on rippling everyone off so I wouldn’t worry about it


MelB / Hace over 2 years

Another all-expenses paid trip at the tax payers expense! I would love to see a breakdown of the total cost of this exercise. Mr. Moore, what do you mean by the expression in your first paragraph, that the World Travel Market saddles two events? Is it doubling up with the horse of the year show?