Acknowledging that 2011 had been a poor year and that there was only going to be a marginal increase in trade for 2012, Cardona was much more optimistic about 2013. Already there have been requests from cruise line companies for stop-offs in Mahón and there seems to be heightened interest from our regular customers, she said.
On Ibiza, meanwhile, in contrast to the loss of cruise ship business on Minorca, the industry continues to grow. Next year, 168 liners will be stopping off in Ibiza, 22 percent more than the total for the island this year. This will be almost double the amount which will be docking in Mahón, confirmed Cardona. Palma will have 12 percent less trade next year, she said.