New drop-off points for cruise passengers to ease congestion. | Argui

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The volume of cruise-ship tourists who undertake the sightseeing route from the Moll Vell has contributed to a sense of a part of Palma being overrun by visitors. The town hall has, therefore, introduced a second entry-point to the city, namely the old bus station in the Parc de ses Estaciones. This is designed to relieve the congestion of the Moll Vell route.

There are also to be routes for the Marivent Palace gardens (when they open to the public later this year) and the Pilar and Joan Miró Foundation. Mayor José Hila believes that these two attractions will add value to the Cala Major area, somewhere that needs a boost.

The measures are part of a package to reorganise the flow of tourists in the city centre. Hila appreciates the lengthening of the tourism season that is occurring (and bringing with it better employment prospects) but he also acknowledges the need to regulate the movement of tourists. The Cathedral and the Plaça Major areas are where sensations of excessive numbers of tourists are most experienced, something created by the arrival of thousands of people coming from a single point, i.e. the Moll Vell. By dispersing the visitors, the town hall also hopes that businesses in other parts of the city will benefit from cruise-ship tourism.

The move to use of the old bus station has been greeted positively by ships' agents, who have also suggested other points, such as Es Baluard.

A further measure will be the establishment of better tourist signage later this year. The mayor says that the current system is inadequate and notes that the law for capital cities (such as Palma) sets aside funding for commercial, cultural and sightseeing routes. There is to also be an improvement to the EMT bus service from the port to the airport, with a stop to be introduced in the Paseo Mallorca / Jaime III area. This change to the service will be coordinated with the arrival of cruise ships.

On a separate matter but also to do with congestion, there are to be new information panels regarding parking spaces in the city's underground car parks. This is aimed at greater distribution of traffic and at eliminating lengthy queues for car parks, especially the Antoni Maura car park.