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Hotel chains, large or small, are all looking to keep some of their establishments open at least until mid-November. Tour operators are requesting greater quotas of beds up to the end of the first fortnight of November because of high holiday demand in Europe.

The commercial director of Garden Hotels, as an example, says that the season will be extended by two weeks (end October is usually taken as the "official" end of the season). This is good news for tourism industry and for the Balearic economy, the Garden director observes, with the chain certainly keeping hotels in the north of the island open through to the end of the first week of November.

Also in the north of Majorca, the president of the Alcudia-Can Picafort hoteliers association, Jaime Horrach, says that the delay in hotel seasonal closure (up to the middle of November) is due to tour operator demand.

Chains such as Iberostar, Riu, Barceló, Meliá, Be Live and Hipotels (to name just some) are all registering their best summer seasons ever in terms of occupancy, prices and profit. Tour operators - British, German, Scandinavian - are surpassing predictions for this season, meaning that it will have lasted eight months or in certain instances nine.

Inma Benito, president of the Majorca Hoteliers Federation, says that some establishments were able to open earlier and will be able to close later. This, she observes, is having a positive impact on hotel employees. The short-term goal, Benito adds, is to build on this trend and lengthen the season to its maximum - both at its start and at its end.