Palma.—The Bulletin reported yesterday that this Summer season is not going to be as wonderful as initially forecast with the market in the UK, the country's largest client, having gone ‘soft' over the past few weeks and mainland Spain suffering really badly.

It appears that the Balearics and the mainland, have an image problem, so much so that TTG, the Travel Trade Gazette, is running a poll on ‘Can Spain change its image'? Suggesting that the problem is very real indeed. We have all seen how Magalluf and the Playa de Palma have been under the international spotlight this year and now, it is the quaint Port of Soller which has had its image dented by the recent Sant Pere fiesta which was held at the end of last month.

According to the President of the Soller Hotel Association, Lluis Rullan, a number of hotels received numerous complaints and cancellations as a result of the all night parties in the port on the nights of 28 June and 29 June.

Apparently, the parties, organised by the council, as part of the fiesta in honour of the port's patron saint, were allowed to rage on until 6am and once clients found out that the parties were going to continue for a second night, some of them, checked out and left the port. “People come to the port for its tranquility and beauty, not for loud all night parties,” Rullan said. “We are urging the council to be more sensible in future, we need to protect our image,” he said.

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