President Armengol at the gala inauguration ceremony for FAN Mallorca Shopping.

Europe's latest, largest and most diverse commercial and entertainment centre, FAN Mallorca Shopping, held a gala inauguration ceremony in Coll d’en Rebassa this evening ahead of doors opening to the public on Thursday morning.

The president of the Balearics, Francina Armengol, the mayor of Palma, José Hila, the president (speaker) of the Balearic parliament, Xelo Huertas, the French ambassador to Spain, Yves Saint-Geours, the chairman and director general of the Carrefour Group, Georges Plassat, were just some of the dignitaries, local politicians and European captains of industry who attended the gala presentation and opening.

Over 190 million euros have been invested in the state-of-the-art retail park which boasts 120 retail outlets of leading global and local brands, not to mention a host of restaurants and eateries, a 4D-cinema complex and numerous other attractions and activities for all the family, be they residents or tourists.

Over 2,400 people were involved in the construction of the 7,000 square metre retail park on the site of the airport Carrefour hypermarket and the largest complex of its kind in the Balearics,. It has also created 1,200 direct jobs, all of which has been welcomed by the local authorities, unions and Chamber of Commerce.