IN spite of the war of words taking place between the central Spanish government and Balearic local authorities over the control of a “plague” of jellyfish affecting the Islands' coast waters, hotel owners on Majorca said yesterday that so far, they have received no major complaints from clients about bathing conditions being adversely affected.

Owners claim that the presence of the jellyfish is “very similar” to that which has been experienced in previous years. A variety of Majorcan associations connected with the holiday industry and coastal management gave little importance to those voices which alleged the Islands were being “invaded” by stinging jellyfish. Hoteliers said that people can still go bathing in the sea without fearing unpleasant “surprises” this summer.

Juan Massanet, president of the Calas de Capdepera hoteliers' association, said that the jellyfish are not having a “negative” effect on the way people are spending their holidays in the northeast of the Island, referring to the coastal strip from Artá to Cala Rajada. “Apart from the odd reported sting, there have been no major problems,” he alleged. Francisco Marín, Massanet's counterpart on the Playa de Palma, confirmed that the problem is merely the one which is repeated every holiday season. He said, however, that it would be catastrophic for the industry if it were proved that a veritable “plague” were settling in: tourists couldn't go in the waters at all were that to be the case.

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