There has always been a degree of rather misplaced optimism in the Balearics. The perception was that as soon as the lockdown ended tourists would be boarding flights in their millions and heading to our shores. This has obviously not happened and isn´t going to happen, either. What is true is that this summer season will go down as the worst ever in recent history.

I have noticed over recent weeks that this optimism is starting to disappear, because hotels are not hiring and bars and restaurants are firing. Take Magalluf; probably the best known holiday resort on the island. Its main nightclub is closed and will not be opening this year as a result of government COVID legislation, its main party street has suffered the same fate and there are scores of other businesses in the same boat. Magalluf at the moment rather sums up the state of the local tourist industry. The time has come really, to forget this season and concentrate on summer 2021 when things should be better. To be fair to the local government they always said that it would be a modest season. However, the question has to be asked; how is Majorca going to survive the winter after a holiday season which never really got underway? The local government should start thinking of ways how they can help local businesses get through these hard times. Perhaps, also, the local government could look at ways of diversifying the local economy so that it is not so depèndent on tourism.

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Henry / Hace about 1 year

They tried that by closing and demolishing the drug selling enclave near the airport. End result has been that there are now multiple drug selling outlets in and around all over Palma

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STAN / Hace about 1 year

I wonder if this is the time to completely resolve the bad problem of Magaluf. Could the authorities have a great opportunity to make Magaluf a respectable Urbanisation? I hope so, as they may not get this opportunity again.

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Henry / Hace about 1 year

If my memory serves me correctly, the editorial staff of this newspaper were also proclaiming to anyone who would listen that the Island would be back to normal at the latest by the middle of June. The man in the street had a different opinion. They were also writing about how clever Sanchez had been in arranging a massive finance deal for the country. The man in the street was not so confident. It turns out that the man in the street has his ear closer to the ground than the people who are supposed to know what is happening in this country.

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Yogi / Hace about 1 year

I don’t think anyone really expected millions to return. And the recent mask policy has put the brakes on the summer numbers getting to any sort of break even point, never mind a profit. It’s been a long time asked about diversification but as long as barriers to entrepreneurship such as the autonomo and an archaic and convoluted tax system are not addressed then becoming less dependent on tourism in Mallorca will mean go an work elsewhere, like many Mallorcans do. Never have I seen such a system throttle ( smaller) businesses the way the Spanish system does.

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