Tourism minister Barceló wants to spread the load of tourists.

11-10-2016Miquel A. Cañellas

The regional government's "plan for touristic equilibrium" will adopt measures which influence the flow of tourists, mitigate the effects tourism "massification" and improve the management of natural resources.

This plan, tourism minister Biel Barceló has told parliament, will ease tourist pressure in the summer and promote more holiday activity in the spring and autumn. He added that the tourism ministry will coordinate a programme of actions in pursuit of the plan's objectives with other ministries and public authorities.

Barceló also explained the budget for 2016. There will be 7% more for the whole ministry, which also includes innovation and research, and will amount to 63 million euros. Of this budget, 13.6 million will be devoted to innovation and research. The minister said that this will seek to promote policies of innovation with the aims of economic diversification and the transition to a new economic model.

He announced the creation of the Balearic Islands Research Institute, which will centralise innovation management and become a tool for retaining and attracting talent. There will also be an increase in financial assistance to innovating companies so that they can pursue specific projects.

The tourism directorate will have 32.4 million euros at its disposal. As already reported, 19.5 million of these will go to the Balearic Tourism Agency. There will be three million for the European funds directorate.

The technological development department will have a budget of 7.8 million, which doesn't include eleven million for common technological services.

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Andy Rawson / Hace over 3 years

"The Balearic Islands Research Institute will centralise innovation management and become a tool for retaining and attracting talent." Pure waffle and another financial drain.

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Steve Riches / Hace over 3 years

If the sun shines, the hotels are open, the exchange rate bearable and the lack of terrorism maintained then nothing that Barcelo and co. think about and thrown money at will have any great effect. The money they soak up, largely in wages, just gives them a good life but has little effect on tourism because money left over after the wage bill is showing no evidence of being spent on a multilingual website with a wealth of the available events being regularly promoted and updated and with one-click booking being available. It's the usual lack of information.

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David Sumner / Hace over 3 years

Waffle, waffle, waffle. Doesn't mean anything. Don't worry about over infestation of British tourists we will be visiting Britain next year.

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Larry HENSON / Hace over 3 years

Not sharp! The same numbers will visit in the Summer and now more will visit off season. That means an increase in numbers surely and solves little!

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