PALMA
THE market reports may point to an increase in foreign visitors coming to the Balearics this year, but the latest report from the Balearic Association of Travel Agents reveals that Balearic residents are queuing up to not only flee the island this summer but also get as far away as possible.

President of the travel agents association, Mateu Pou, said yesterday that the two new popular destinations this year are Canada and Jamaica.
Direct flights from Spain to Jamaica and prices of around 1.200 euros per person, for the week are proving very attractive to Balearic residents while those with a bit more time and money are heading for Canada on 15 to 20 days tours.

Closer to home, Vienna, Prague and Budapest are the three new European city destinations this summer while Croatia, with one week packages on offer in the Balearics for around 1'000 euros is also proving extremely popular.

Europe's two main theme parks, Eurodisney in Paris and Portaventura in Tarragona on the mainland are also popular with families, in particular Eurodisney, according to Pou, which is offering free flights and entry for children under 12.

Those not planning on leaving Spain, the “traditional” mainland destinations like Galicia and Cantabria on the north coast continue to be popular with those “looking for a cooler climate and a new experiences,” Pou explained yesterday.

With regards to tourists coming to the Balearics, Pou claims that the most recent market reports are very encouraging with growth forecast in both the British and German markets.

While May failed to live up to its expectations, Pou is confident that the Balearics will be fully booked for the summer high season.

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