Palma.—Yesterday, the Balearic Confederation of Business Associations, the Chamber of Commerce and the small to medium sized retail sector called on the Balearics government to come off the fence and intervene in the disputes between the unions and management and arbitrate a solution to avert the hostelry and coach drivers strikes.

Three days of industrial action is currently planned for July 20'21 and 22 and tourists from overseas are already getting worried that their holidays are going to be disrupted.

But yesterday, captains of industry here in the Balearics and Madrid fired a warning to the government that unless it steps in and breaks the strike, this summer season could be a write off.

Even Exceltur, the Alliance for Excellence in Tourism here in Spain, waded into the debate.
Exceltur sources called on the unions in the Balearics, and the Canaries as well, to use their common sense and call off the coach strikes as quickly as possible before the two destinations' image is damaged further in the international media.

Exceltur confirmed that cancellations are already being made by worried holiday makers, in particular in the United Kingdom and Germany, while the headline news about the strike is making those who have not booked, think twice about coming to Spain because of the prospect of widespread industrial unrest this summer.

As the Bulletin reported yesterday, the Association of British Travel Agents urged against strike action warning about the serious damage it will cause to the summer season.

And, leading tour operators in the United Kingdom fear a summer of industrial unrest will “cripple” the tourist industry.
The Balearic business sector is worried about the long term consequences of any industrial action which will hit the tourist industry this summer.
Facing stiff and growing competition from emerging destinations and those hit by the Arab Spring last year, the Balearic tourist industry can not afford to make any mistakes this year otherwise it will begin losing out again to the Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa.


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