We keep hearing about the increase in winter season tourism in Palma, but what about the rest of Majorca?

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Bookings data at beach holiday specialist On the Beach reveals that the  Canary Islands are the most popular destination for sunseekers this winter, with Tenerife the most popular island followed by Lanzarote. The bookings to the Canary Islands are up 6%.

Alicante, on the ever-popular Costa Blanca region of Spain, is the third most popular destination. Then come Majorca and the Portuguese Algarve region.

Overall, Spain is set to reign once again this winter with the Balearic Islands also proving more popular than last year, with bookings up by 20%. This rise in popularity is mainly due to the number of British holidaymakers heading to Ibiza this year: bookings are up a whopping 47%.

Malta, the Mediterranean island which welcomes almost two million holidaymakers to its shores each year, is also showing a significant increase: up 21% on the same period last year.

For Greece, bookings are up 19%. Corfu is the most popular Greek Island, with other islands such as Zante, Rhodes and Santorini also attracting more holidaymakers than last year.

Research by On the Beach has also shows a growing appetite for long-haul holidays this winter, with destinations such as Goa (India) and Orlando (USA) proving more popular than last year.

Alistair Daly, chief marketing officer at On the Beach says: "Spain is as popular as ever this winter, and this year we are seeing a significant rise in the number of holidaymakers jetting off to more traditional summer sun destinations, such as the Balearics. Whilst Spain is by far the most popular destination this winter, hot spots such as Malta and the Greek Islands are rising in popularity and over the next few years we expect more traditional summer sun destinations to become popular during the winter season."

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Brian McGrath / Hace over 3 years

Might I just add at this moment that the EU is proposing a 5 Euro visa tax for British tourists visiting Europe. So those who travel to the Balearics will be subject to two taxes the visa and the tourist tax. Will the Balearics be more attractive to British tourists especially those with children when this is implemented ? The monies spent on these taxes and going to the government will not be spent at local shops. It looks to me like a diversion of revenue from businesses to government. Or am I being cynical ?

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