17-07-2014

Palma

.—The project to construct a luxury four-hotel complex and commercial centre has been on the drawing board since 2012 but construction is due to finally get underway later this year on the waste land next to the athletics track which is home to the Mallorca Cricket Club and used to also be home for the weekly car boot sales.

As initially planned, the project will begin with the construction of one of the hotels and an adjoining 16,000 square metre commercial centre.

This initial first phase will involve an investment of around 40 million euros by developers Promociones Vistarga SL, a joint venture between the Majorcan outfit Grupo ETI and Nesgar Promociones from Madrid.

The total budget for the complex is in the region of 150 million euros and, just like the Meliá hotel group and the entertainment giant Cursach Group, is all part of an overall plan to change the face of Magalluf by upgrading it to a quality resort.

Each of the four Marina de Magaluf hotels will be four star and each one will have a different theme.

Each of the hotels will have 250 bedrooms and the developers will also redevelop the entire area in preparation for phase two.

As agreed with the local council, the developers will also create green zones and landscaped areas for public use.

The government considers that this project will perfectly complement the one already being carried out by the Meliá hotel group in the resort.

The leading Majorcan hotel group is already linking up six of its hotels in the resort to the Sol Calvia Coast Resort which will eventually include some of the leading luxury entertainment brands in the world.

The Marina de Magaluf project is expected to create over 800 jobs and the Meliá and Cursach projects even more, but MES are not happy with the marina project. Yesterday, MES MP, David Abril, said that Magalluf neither needs another 1,000 plus hotel rooms nor a new commercial centre.

The spokesperson for MES on Calvia Council, Rafel Sedano, said that the complex is to be built on one of the few areas of wet land with a great deal of biodiversity left in the region and should therefore be preserved.

"Supporting quality tourism does not mean that hotels can be built on important natural spaces. If we want quality tourism, areas like this should be embraced as part of the project and its natural attraction promoted," the councillor said.

After all the negative publicity of the past couple of weeks, Abril said that Magalluf needs to change in stages and that the public administrations, the private sector and the local residents should all be involved.

Abril said that he fears all the new development and reformations being carried out in the resort will lead to the "further degradation" of Punta Ballena and Magalluf.

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