Hotels in Calvia will this year accommodate between 15'000 and 20'000 cyclists during low season periods. Councillor for economic development at Calvia town hall, Antoni García Moles, said yesterday that as far as he is concerned, he sees the cycling holiday industry as helping considerably to decentralise the tourist industry and he said that there are more and more hotels staying open in the winter in order to accommodate cyclists. But sources in the accommodation sector revealed yesterday that hoteliers this month have, in some areas such as Palmanova, reduced their prices by half, which in itself is an attractive offer. According to the economic development councillor the majority of the cyclists stay in Palmanova, but it appears that they spend more on food. President of the Palmanova-Magaluff hotel association, Tomas Pons, said yesterday that his members are “very satisfied” with cycling tourism and that the market helps to fill those hotels which stay open over the winter. “Five years ago, no cyclists used to come here, now this winter we could be talking of as many as 20'000,” Pons said. Majorca has also become a popular training camp for some of the international teams.

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