The Balearic tourism boom of the past five years, as industry experts have admitted, was helped considerably by political unrest and natural disasters in Eastern Mediterranean countries, however, the boot is now on the other foot. Spain and the Balearics are losing out, in particular to Greece. British tour operators have confirmed that Greece and the Greek islands are proving an extremely popular alternative. UK market sources believe that the Balearic coach drivers' strike at the end of June and the recent summer wave of bomb blasts in key mainland resorts and airports are putting Britons off Spain as a whole. While the Balearics, which has so far been unaffected by the Basque separatist movement ETA's anti-tourism campaign, has proved an alternative to the mainland, bookings to Spain as a whole are suffering.

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