The Barbados government is considering giving people the chance to relocate to the tropical island’s sparkling beaches and work from there remotely for up to a year. If you changed the word Barbados to Majorca it would certainly give you some food for thought and it is not a bad idea for the island as it battles to secure some revenue in these hard times.

The “Barbados Welcome Stamp,” is the brainchild of the island’s Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, who came up with the scheme after saying short-term travel and the requirements for testing have become more difficult during the pandemic.

The move comes as Caribbean tourism has been decimated by the pandemic. The industry accounts for 40% of Barbados’ gross domestic product with 30% of its workforce directly employed by it. One thing is clear; it is going to take a long time for Majorca to recover from the coronavirus outbreak.

This sumer at best we will get 30 percent of the tourists who visited us last year and the prospects for the future also look rather unsettled. So Majorca needs to start thinking outside the box. The Barbados proposal could just work for Majorca and already many people do work remotely from the island. As I mentioned in an earlier Viewpoint the island needs to try and start diversifying its economy.

The days of mass tourism as we know it could be numbered. Majorca has plenty to offer and it is alot more than just a package holiday destination.

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John Little / Hace about 1 year

Stephen, the cosy relationship is with the hoteliers who have always resisted any accommodation that does not involve their hotels. Ever wondered why there are no camp sites in the Baleares ?

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Stephen / Hace about 1 year

The Majorcan government needs to reverse the ban on private villa and apartment rentals as it is this sector only that brings in visitors who also spend in car hire and restaurants etc not the cheap skate all inclusive tourists. Is the government in Majorca brain dead not to realise this or is there some cosy relationship with the all inclusive tour operators?

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Mark Badoer / Hace about 1 year

Great article and subject Jason. It is time to think outside the box and find a wider base of income for the Balearics, to be less vulnerable if things like this corona crisis happens. Business can do a lot, but it would also take politicians with vision, who are willing to make daring choices...... But that I am afraid, is the same as trying to find a dodo in Iceland.

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Brett Dennis / Hace about 1 year

Might have to beef up the broadband. I pay Movistar for fibre optics and 600mbs in S'Arraco but get very patchy levels of download speed and lucky to get 55mbs.

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