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Ciutadella.—The Balearic ministry for Tourism said yesterday that the average hotel occupancy rate on Minorca last month stood at 95.7% and that in some resorts such as Son Bou, Sant Tomas, Cala Galdana and areas around Ciutadella, it ran as high as 98%.

This “nearly full” result, coupled with the fact that business was also booming on the island in July, has meant that hoteliers now want to concentrate on recovering profitability. The first step, a spokesman for the Minorcan hotel federation said yesterday, is that there won't be any last minute offers during the high season next year, where the industry drops its prices dramatically in order to attract undecided visitors. However, the agreements that hoteliers have signed with tour operators about not raising prices will hold good for another year.