Palma.—The Balearics and the Canary Islands are driving the British revival of the Spanish tourist industry this year.
The latest sales figures from the United Kingdom, reveal that the general state of the holiday market is very buoyant with year-on-year bookings to the Balearics and the Canary Islands up by 11 and 14 percent respectively.

But, while the overall Spanish market is also up by 11 percent, sales to mainland Spain have only risen by seven percent - well below the Balearics and the Canary Islands.

Hugh Morgan, the managing Director of the Monarch Travel Group, said yesterday; “Sales are coming in later than I have ever seen in my life. People are actually booking package holidays 6 hours prior to check in, and l am not exaggerating. “This past weekend was extremely busy and very buoyant but again very late and the prices are still managing to hold up. “Our loads for July are excellent but the yields are challenged as always due to the price of fuel having increased year-on-year. “The Euro against Sterling is still not that good at 1.13 so if that moved to 1.18 again it would help all of us and give more ‘bang for the bucks'. “Nevertheless, we are all hoping for a good August, but as the market is late we are always waiting to see if it finally happens. “If August follows the trend of July, which has been good, then we will be very happy,” he added.
Spain's main competitors Turkey, Egypt and Greece are continuing to suffer.
Sales to Turkey are down 11 percent, Egypt is down by 28 percent and Greece has witnessed a mere four percent increase in holiday sales.


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