Majorca is heading for a very quiet winter.

05-12-2005M.A. CA

The island is starting to close up after a  summer season which failed to live up to its billing with more hotels than ever shutting their doors.

Palma.—This winter, it appears, is going to be a bleak one with more hotels than ever in the island’s main resorts, Calvia and the Playa de Palma, closing.
This winter, only 15 hotels are going to be open along the Playa de Palma all winter, less than 4,000 beds while in the municipality of Calvia, 16 hotels are going to remain open.
The President of the Playa de Palma Hotel Federation, Francisco Martin, has confirmed that this winter, fewer hotels than ever will be open during the winter.
Last year, 19 remained open, but this winter, out of the 42,000 beds available in the resort, less than 4,000 will be on sale.
Apparently there are three main reasons.
The overall lack of demand for winter holidays in Majorca, the sharp decline in the domestic pensioner market and a large number of hotels are carrying out reformations and upgrades over the next few months.
According to the hotel federations, the fact that so many hotels are carrying out reformations is a positive sign and has been certainly welcomed by the construction industry, but while the work is being carried out, it is not doing much for the island’s tourist industry and the  local economy.
The president of Acotur, the Association of  Tourism Retailers and Businesses, Jose Tirado said that of the 233 hotels in Calvia, only 16 are going to stay open all winter, that is 7.3 percent of the hotel sector.

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