Palma.—Numbers wise, it has been a good year for tourism both here in the Balearics and Spain in general which has, to date, attracted 51 million holiday makers, eight percent more than last year and the third highest figure since records began.

Here in the Balearics, after a 6.3 percent increase in visitors last month, 9'907'890 tourists have come to the Balearics between January and the end of October.

So, despite most of the hotels being closed and the airlines reducing their flight connections, over ten million holiday makers will have come to the Balearics by the close of this year, according to FRONTUR which monitors tourist movements.

Last month 856'021 tourists visited the Balearics, establishing the region as the third most popular in Spain with a 16.3 percent share of the national market. The British and German markets have dominated the local and national markets this year. 12.5 million Britons, nine percent more than last year, have come to Spain during the first ten months of this year.

But, with the German market, it is difficult to really gauge. Leading statitions have revealed to the Bulletin this week that only two thirds of air passengers using the various hubs at Palma airport are actually bound for Majorca. The remaining third are using Palma to catch a connecting flight to their final destination such as the Canaries, North Africa or Portugal. So, how many Germans have really visited Majorca?


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