He added that this was a triumph as the number of such teams had been growing over the past five years, and nothing could be done to counteract the negative publicity. Miguel Angel Violan, the communications director of the Riu hotel chain, corroborated Marin's statements, but added that it did have a down side, where staff members tended to suspect all guests, as the methods used by the TV channels included introducing reporters incognito. Violan said that this type of programme was very prevalent in Germany at the moment. They claimed to be consumer programmes, seeking to denounce allegedly bad quality in Majorcan hotels, for which they used tricks like hidden cameras or false experts. Violan said that while a few years ago these programmes maintained a balance between information and spectacle, they now concentrated on the spectacle. As a result, they try to generate conflictive situations. Both Marin and Violan agreed that the sensationalist teams would return to the Playa de Palma next year, and said that every effort should be made to prevent these programmes which damage the tourist image of Majorca. In June, the Balearic tourism ministry promised to monitor these broadcasts in Germany, but so far has not issued a report on its findings.
The main channels which carry out this type of sensationalist programmes in the Playa de Palma are RTL-2, Pro 7 and Sat 1.
They have also made similar programmes in other parts of the Balearics, such as Ibiza, and other parts of Spain such as the Costa del Sol or the Canary Islands.
The content of comment is the opinion of users and netizens and not of mallorcadailybulletin.com.
Comments contrary to laws, which are libellous, illegal or harmful to others are not permitted');
mallorcadailybulletin.com - reserves the right to remove any inappropriate comments.
Please remember that you are responsible for everything that you write and that data which are legally required can be made available to the relevant public authorities and courts; these data being name, email, IP of your computer as well as information accessible through the systems.