The tourists just keep on coming this year.

30-08-2016Joan Torres

During the first seven months of this year, a total of 7.36 million foreign visitors came to the Balearics, 12.7 per cent more than during the same period last year and, according to the latest official government figures, there is not going to be a sudden end to the summer season.

Hotel federations in the main resorts today reported that occupancy for September is 100 per cent while October is also trading extremely strongly. This is not only in the Balearics but across Spain in general.

Britons, in particular, have been flocking to ‘safer’ Spain for their summer holidays amid fears of being caught up in a terror attack in other once-popular resorts. Nearly 33 million people visited the country between January and July, an increase of nearly 12 per cent.

The surge comes as holidaymakers shun resorts in France, Tunisia, Egypt and Turkey after terror attacks targeting tourists.

Spain’s national statistics office today reported a huge surge in visitors to the country driven by British tourists. Despite the mainland still being deemed at high risk of a terror attack, the alert for the Balearics has been dropped.

The country is expecting that 2016 will prove to be another record-setting year for tourism, with just under eight million British having visited during the first six months of 2016.

The most popular destination for Britons in July was the Balearics and this trend is expected to continue over the winter and into next year. With British airlines having already announced an increase in direct flights to Majorca in particular over the winter, more hotels have seen the shift in the market and have decided to stay open longer or not close at all.

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Muriel Barton / Hace over 5 years

As a resident of 30 years I'm delighted with the news that Majorcal is so popular. Retiring here 30 years ago was the best thing we ever did.

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