Palma.—The Association of British Travel Agents, ABTA, yesterday published its top ten Summer holiday tips yesterday and stressed that for those that have not booked their Summer holiday yet, “there is plenty of availability left for Majorca, Turkey and the Canary Islands.” And that comes just a few days after reports that the number of Britons coming to Spain this year is up by nearly ten percent and the Balearics are the most popular destination.

Airport passenger figures are up with the British dominating traffic through Palma airport but the bottom line is if they are spending and it appears not and all the fears of peak season over bookings were unfounded.

A managing director of a leading UK tour operator recently said that they have yet to receive any “stop sale” orders from any hotel in Majorca, in fact there are some last minute deals to be had in the UK for Majorca with savings of up to 200 pounds.

And yesterday, the Bulletin learnt that scores of bar owners in Magalluf are struggling this year despite the resort being busy.
Apparently, they are being under cut by the super markets and holiday makers are buying crates of beer and cheap spirits and either drinking them in the street, on the beach or back at their hotel.

According to tourist industry insiders in the UK, Monday is going to be the litmus test.
Traditionally 21 or 22 July is when the tour operators get a clear and accurate idea of how the Summer season is performing and, over the past two weeks, the sale of holidays to Majorca has gone surprisingly “flat” and the prolonged heat wave in the UK is not helping sell foreign holidays either.


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