By Humphrey Carter

PALMA
FACED with another difficult year, hoteliers in the Port of Pollensa, which opened last Saturday, a month later than usual, are calling for help from the local council and the island's tourism bodies to help give the fishing port a face lift in an attempt to restore the resort's former glory.

The President of the local hotel association, Jaume Salas, says that he and his colleagues feel isolated in the battle against the recession and the crisis which has hit the tourist industry.

The collapse of the tour operator Globespan means that the famous Sis Pins Hotel will probably remain closed this summer and Salas wants to see the institutions making a bigger effort to help the port which traditionally has been one of the jewels in Majorca's crown.

While Salas appreciates the important investment which has been pumped into improving the area's infrastructure over recent years such as the new bypass and improving the drains, he says that the resorts needs more attention to be paid to the little details such as rubbish, the quality of the beaches and the bathing water. “The day to day problems,” as Salas referred to them this week.
Pollensa has, however, been fortunate this winter, to have been busy with international cyclists, amateurs and professionals including the British team which uses Pollensa as one of their winter training camps, but Salas is worried about how this summer is going to pan out after a poor Easter and a week's worth of clients lost to the volcanic ash lockdown.