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ONLY forty percent of all Balearic Islands hotels will be opening their doors this Easter and making 40'000 hotel beds available for tourists, said Pedro Cañellas, the president of the Majorcan Hotel Federation.

The fact that Easter is earlier this year has not helped the hotel and tourism industry, nor has the cold weather that the Balearic Islands have suffered recently.

Last year Easter fell during April and approximately 600 hotels were open (this represents 60 percent of the total), said Cañellas.
The current low season has been noted by the hotel owners as “irregular”, and in fact, the majority of Balearic hotels closed for business in October last year owing to the pessimistic forecasts.

During this time, 45 percent of all hotels brought forward their closing dates due to the low number of reservations that they had, as hotels were less than 40 percent full, which is 15 percent less in comparison to 2003. Not even the winter tourism projects in the islands helped to improve hotel bookings.

In respect of the next few months, Cañellas said it is “impossible to predict” how busy hotels will be, because it seems to currently be fashionable to leave holiday bookings until the last minute. “Tomorrow (Today) we are travelling to Berlin to go to the ITB travel trade fair, and we hope that this market, which is very important for us, will confirm high bookings for this year, as Majorca has a lot to offer German tourists”, said the president of the hotel federation yesterday.

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