Palma de Majorca.—The holiday destinations which are most in demand, said Silvia Riera of the Balearic Travel Agents' Association (Aviba) yesterday, are Paris, Istanbul, Rome, Lisbon and Vienna.

Riera said that what had become really popular with Balearic residents this season is visiting the pre-Christmas markets of other European countries such as those taking place in Germany and Austria.

Despite the crisis, the favourite destination for Islanders outside Europe remains New York, said Riera.
She said that this year, Aviba had benefited from the dates on which the national holidays have fallen, i.e. Tuesday 6th and Thursday 8th December. “This means people can have an extended break and take the chance to travel,” Riera claimed. However, many people on Majorca are choosing to stay near home. As an example, she said that people in Palma are going away to stay at hotels in outlying areas of the island.

Whereas Majorca, she said, will be visited by Spaniards from the mainland, this type of tourism can't be applied to other islands in the Balearics because of hotel, bar and restaurant closures for the low season. Projects are underway, she claimed, to widen the offer.

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