Palma.—It has been a turbulent start to the Summer with threats of industrial action and increase in VAT grabbing the headlines and causing concern for the Balearics'' main satellite markets.

However, figures released yesterday by the Minister for Tourism and Industry in Madrid, show that the Balearics was the single most popular holiday destination for foreign tourists last month.

A total of 1.58 million holiday makers came to the region during June, that was an increase of five percent and, according to the Ministry, the two markets driving the rise in numbers are British and Nordic.

And that appears to be the tone across the country with the British market being the dominating force although significant increases have been reported in the United States and Swiss markets, but it is the British market which is leading the way. Last month, just over a quarter of all foreign visitors who came to Spain were British and came to the Balearics.

The only worry for the tourist industry is that the German market has flat lined slightly and looking ahead to the winter, there are reports that there is going to be a significant reduction in flights while, finally, there will be more winter flights from the UK into the Balearics.

But, how July performs, remains to be seen after the month was overshadowed with threats of strike action by the hostelry sector and coach drivers.
Fortunately they were cancelled, but it will be interesting to see just how much damage the threats did.


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