News desk VISITING yachties in the Balearics spent an average of 103 euros per person per day last year, 3.3 per cent more than last year and 55 per cent more than the average tourist.

The figures were revealed yesterday by Lluis Ramis de Ayreflor, the Balearic minister of finance, taxation and innovation, who pointed out that the nautical sector brought in 396.24 million euros last year, 4.2 per cent more than the previous year.

The minister was speaking at the presentation of the second International Tourism Seminar which will be held in Alcudia on September 29 and 30. The main theme of the Seminar this year will be the nautical sector, where “the Balearics is the absolute leader in the western Mediterranean, according to Joan Gual de Torrella, vice president of the Chamber of Commerce of Majorca, Ibiza and Formentera.

However, he warned of the need to diversify the existing offer in the islands, to beat the growing competition from Croatia, Turkey and Greece.
The Seminar will be attended by more than 20 international experts who will discuss innovation and technological development in the nautical sector and will give their vision of how they can be put to good use in the sector.

Gual de Torrella said that Majorca is the main base for leading firms in the nautical sector.
However, he issued a warning that its position was under threat, not only from other European countries but also from the development of the yachting industry in other parts of the Spanish coast such as Cartagena, Barcelona or Tarragona.