Palma.—The Balearic government is considering earmarking three tourist development projects which could mean the creation of 3'380 new jobs, as being of regional public interest, a Partido Popular (PP) Parliamentary Committee spokesman said yesterday.

The three projects: a “bioclimatic” hotel in Sa Rapita (Campos) designed to suit weather conditions all year round; a luxury establishment in Canyamel (Capdepera); and a tourist complex in Magalluf (Calvia) would mean investment to the tune of 364 million euros, confirmed the PP spokesman.

In order for the three projects to be completed, local and international private capital would be required. The spokesman said the projects are an important opportunity to stimulate the Balearic economy at a time when it is severely hampered by the effects of the crisis. The news of the proposed projects emerged following a Parliamentary question from Opposition Socialist MP Isabel Oliver who wanted more details of the building programmes which may be declared as being in the public interest.

Assurances were given by the ruling PP that there would be no need to make any changes to land classification, i.e. that no rural land would be eaten into to accommodate the developments.

These new plans add to a major project which has already been tabled by Majorcan hotel chain Sol Melia designed to convert an area of Magalluf where the company has five hotels.

This development has already been declared as being one of regional interest. Work on it is due to start this winter.
Similar tourism projects are being planned elsewhere in the Balearics.

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