A public-private forum will take over. | Michels

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Calvia is getting a new body to oversee its tourism. The town hall has initially approved the statutes for the Calvia tourism forum. A public-private organisation with politicians and businesspeople, it will work on the renewal and modernisation of outdated tourism areas in the municipality.

The forum is to take the place of the tourism council, which was created in 2005, and this new body will also involve Majorca's Chamber of Commerce and the University of the Balearic Islands. Its main objective is to reaffirm Calvia as the island's leading tourist destination.

It will also look at changes needed to accommodation and modernisation of small businesses. One of the more ambitious goals is to have hotels and the "complementary offer" (bars, restaurants, etc.) open ten months a year.

The forum's president will be the mayor, Alfonso Rodríguez, and its vice-president will be the tourism councillor, Antonio García Moles. Each of the political parties represented on the council will have a member. There will also be the municipal director of tourism, Jaume Nadal, and the head of special projects, Joan Mesquida. Non-town hall members will include José Luis Roses, the president of the Chamber of Commerce, and Eduardo Gamero, the president of the Fomento del Turismo (the Majorca Tourist Board).