Tension in the Balearics is starting to rise as the service sector's strikes start to get close. Yesterday the spokesperson for the Majorcan Hotel Federation, Juan Antonio Fuster, warned that the strikes will cause untold damage to the Balearics' image and also add to the crisis which has not only gripped the tourist industry, but which is now starting to have a negative effect on business as a whole in the region. Fuster said that hotel bookings for the first week in July were 30 per cent lower than last year, taxi and car rental companies have reported a 20 per cent slump in takings for June, travel agents have suffered 30 per cent fall in trade while bars and restaurants have reported that takings are down by 50 per cent and, if things do not improve, jobs will be at threat.

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