Palma.—For years the local and international tourism industry and commercial sectors have been pushing to get Palma to open up on Sundays in order to cater for the cruise passengers and also transform the capital into a serious city break destination.

Last month, the Mayor of Palma, Aina Calvo, announced that, if she is reelected later this month, she will declare the centre of the city an “influential tourism zone” which would mean that all the shops, bars and restaurants in Jaime III, the Borne and Plaza Juan Carles I will be able to open on Sunday.

But, while the announcement was welcomed by the tourist industry and supported by the major retail associations, the small retail sector, which is allowed to open on Sundays but does not, yesterday complained it would lead to unfair competition from the main high street stores.

They slammed Calvo's plans as pure “electioneering” claiming that it would lead to even more family-run small businesses being forced to close.
The Sunday trading would apply from March 15 to October 30.