SEVENTEEN hotels in the Alcudia area are now offering an all-inclusive service to guests, nine more than last year.
Nine of the hotels offer the all-inclusive service to all their guests, but the other eight hotels do so only for one tour operator, which means about 12 beds per hotel.
A group of bar and restaurant owners, concerned about the rise in this type of offer, approached the town council for help. They were doubly worried when one of the hotels which was a pioneer in offering this service, the former Reina hotels, now Mac Hoteles, decided to offer a 24-hour bar service to guests. The bar and restaurant owners asked Mayor Miquel Ferrer to stop this type of offer.
Yesterday the Mayor said that he was concerned about the matter, especially for the problem it represents for businesses in the area, and we will do what we can to regulate this type of offer.
Despite criticism, the all-inclusive is a legal system and from a legal point of view the offer forms part of free competition.
Sebastià Cifre, head of the Alcudia restaurateurs association, called for a detailed study of the needs and evolution of the Balearic tourist sector. He added it was Impossible to fight against what the market demands, and now there are a lot more clients who want the all-inclusive.
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