Even bars and restaurants are seeing lower takings

Even bars and restaurants are seeing lower takings.


I find it rather astonishing that any in their right mind could be opposed to the visits by cruise ships to the port of Palma. A simple glance around the High Streets in the capital shows that shows that shops are suffering and badly. Even bars and restaurants are seeing lower takings.

I took a walk around Palma on Monday night and I was amazed to see that a considerable number of bars and restaurants were closed and popular spots were like ghost towns. Granted that we are moving towards the end of the year but businesses need all the help they can get and we should be welcoming cruise ships with opened arms like the rest of the Mediterranean.

If there are no cruise ships in the port a sizeable number of businesses in Palma are going to find it difficult to survive. A recent survey suggested that 70 percent of shop takings in Palma are tourist-related. That just shows you how important tourism is to the capital businesses. Now, there is a problem of too many cruise ships arriving in the port on the same day. Well surely the Balearic government could work with the cruise ship operators and establish a plan of action. It is not rocket science.

The port of Palma is being expanded so that it can handle even the biggest cruise ships and the local government should be looking at ways to take this lucrative market forward. With the pandemic we need every tourist we can get at the moment, now is not the time for talk of bans and protests.


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Alex / Hace about 1 month

Wrong , wrong and wrong again Jason

Mallorca does NOT need to be begging for a Scraps or doing everything it can to get business , like a destitute and desperate hooker .

This crisis is an opportunity to re position the very nature of the tourism industry .

Mallorca is blessed with natural beauty , so why oh why oh why , does she sell herself to the lowest common denominator ?

Shops servicing this low end of the tourism sector need to be culled.

The island and the industry need to figure out

A) how many tourists the island can actually handle . 2019 numbers are unsustainable ( think, water / energy/infra structure )

Less tourists, who are a better class of tourist. Golf , bicycling , fincas, eating out at bars and restaurants not owned by multi nationals ala grup hotels ., generating money directly into the Mallorcan pockets , and with less environmental impact.

Oh , and being a port of call for ferries is putting the island t undue risk.

Do some history and figure out how infectious diseases have spread over the past 300 years...

Sydney had its worst outbreak , when a big ferry docked and a whole bunch of shopping tourists , spread the covid throughout the shopping district.

I am disappointed with your lazy , ill advised and ignorant article.

The whole Spanish tourism sector is looking to re invent its self as the government has realised it places too much dependency on the tourism $$$.



Adam / Hace about 1 month

Fantastic Article written by someone who actually goes outside and has a clear vision of the reality of the situation in Mallorca and Spain , situation is catastrophic with more than half of the small shops and businesses closed for good also bars and restaurants are mostly closed no business banks have closed almost all there branches anyone who docent think that Mallorca desperately needs tourist is absolutely NUT´S .