Palma.—A new “integral tourism plan” was approved yesterday by the Balearic government.
Part of the plan involves merging cleaning and security services throughout the region. A four-year contract bid will go out to public tender for 32 and 16 million euros respectively.

The Balearics is the first region of the country to have formulated an integral tourism plan. It has reportedly been designed to be a “main guideline” over the next few years to help the region recover the leading position it once held in the tourist industry, and to nurture competitivity in what has now become a global market.

The plan, said Balearic President José Ramón Bauzá yesterday, has been created in response to the challenges which the regional government now faces in terms of the present and future shape of the tourist industry.

Economic uncertainty
The most demanding aspect of fine-tuning the plan, said the President, was to couch its aims and objectives within a framework of economic uncertainty and instability and against a backdrop of other emerging tourist destinations “stealing the thunder” from the Balearics.

The merging of the cleaning and security contracts will be handled by a government “contracts hub,” explained Bauzá.
The hub will administer and control government awarded contracts, and centralise works and services, and suppliers.
Calculations are, a government spokesman said, that the savings to be made by the services merger and central control could be between 3 and 5 million euros so far as cleaning is concerned and between 1 and 2 million euro in the case of security.

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