Palma.—The Consul General, Andrew Gwatkin and Vice-Consul in Palma Gillian Brion, spent yesterday morning meeting hoteliers in Palma Nova and Magalluf and discussing how the summer season is currently panning out and the improvements many of the hoteliers are making in order to improve the quality of services offered and, in the case of Magalluf, its image. The President of the Palma Nova and Magalluf Hotel Association, Sebastian Darder, also gave the Consul General a tour of the two resorts, some of the most popular clubs and some of the hotels which have been upgraded.

This was the first official visit Andrew Gwatkin has paid to the resort which for decades has been one of the most popular summer holiday destinations for the United Kingdom. The Consul General was also very interested in seeing the new rugby ground at Son Caliu, the new athletics track and the football stadium in Magalluf which have been built to help drive winter tourism in the resort by targeting the sports market.

There were plans to hold international rugby tournaments at the new ground. This year Magalluf has attracted some negative press coverage in the United Kingdom, not less on television at the start of the year and balcony falls in the newspapers more recently, but none of it appears to have put thousands of young Britons off coming over to the resort this summer.

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