The pressure is for one last sprint for the season, but not everyone is convinced.

The pressure is for one last sprint for the season, but not everyone is convinced.

21-08-2021EFE

UK tour operators are already selling summer 2022 and the latest market reports indicate that Turkey is proving the most popular destination.

In the meantime the tour operators are tightening the screws on Balearic hoteliers to freeze their rates for next season to fight off mounting competition from the Eastern Mediterranean, North Africa and Portugal - will the hoteliers give in or will they risk pricing themselves out of the market? Time will tell.

As it is, despite encouraging occupancy figures released yesterday with an apparent average of 65 percent in general across Mallorca and 91 percent in the Playa de Palma - I doubt it will prove enough. I have to say those figures are way higher than what a leading hotelier told me this week and also contradicts the fact that an increasing number of hotels are planning on closing earlier than planned and not hang on for late winter tourism.

Considering there are a number of hotels in the large resorts which have not opened for the second consecutive year, those hotels which are open should be doing well.

But, now the Germans have gone back to school and the clock is ticking for British families with the new term just a few weeks away, Mallorca’s potential market is going to shrink very quickly. Now it’s time to start planning for next year.

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John Law / Hace about 1 month

Tourism has been the root of many problems on the island. Too much building, largely with bad planning, overcrowded beaches, pollution, too many cars, noise levels, crime etc, etc, and its become impossible for the Police to do their jobs. It's small, and there's been too many of them, and of a quality that hasn't worked. This is a great time to re-think for the future, forget the numbers and think quality only. There are plenty of places on the island that have achieved that already, it just needs to be addressed in the rest of them...

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Colin / Hace about 1 month

Why would anyone rush back to Port de Pollenca? Bathing in raw sewage, rip off prices and poor service are hardly enticing. I think most tourists will be looking at cleaner venues with reasonable value for money. This is the biggest wake up call for Mallorca. Improve the offering substantially or go under. I think I know what will happen.

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