Majorca will be packed out again this summer.


The Balearics can expect another summer of tourist "saturation". This is the view of both hoteliers and tour operators at the Madrid fair, who attribute this saturation to the availability of holiday rentals, which will nevertheless be meeting demand because hoteliers are saying that the Balearics are booked out in the summer.

Despite price increases of 10% or more, the hoteliers will be able to put up the no vacancies signs and register ever greater profits. Security issues elsewhere in the Mediterranean are still ensuring that the Balearics are a safe haven for tourists and indeed for tour operators.

The level of occupancy in summer, notes Melià's vice-president Gabriel Escarrer, will be difficult to increase because there isn't more capacity. He was echoing the words of Globalia's president Juan José Hidalgo: "For this summer, everything has been sold."

A consequence of demand for hotel places is that tourists will opt for illegal rentals, and it is these which the hoteliers blame for there being saturation and evidence of so-called "tourismphobia". Contrary to what is usually said, Escarrer observed that the hoteliers don't look upon rentals as competition. Hotels provide quality and experiences; they don't sell beds, which was his way of describing the rentals' offer. But because of this, the hoteliers are concerned about the damage that can be caused to the islands' image as well as by excessive numbers.

Aware of the high demand this summer, President Armengol has said that infrastructure will be able to deal with it. While last summer there were worries about water supplies, these shouldn't be an issue this year, thanks to the rain, repairs that have been made to the supply network and the desalination plants having been made fully operational.


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Frank / Hace over 3 years

Ha-ha-ha-ha, you couldn't make it up. The hoteliers are building another giant hotel complex for 1000 guests in Palma Nova, and several other hotels are busy adding rooms, so they blame a few private letters for the "saturation", - pass me a tissue....


Frank / Hace over 3 years

Ha-ha-ha-ha, you couldn't make it up. The hoteliers are building another giant hotel complex for 1000 guests, and they blame a few private letters for the "saturation", - pass me a tissue....


Brian McGrath / Hace over 3 years

Can someone explain if all the hotels are full why are the hotels complaining about rentals ? As I understand it they are not taking business from the hotels if they are full. Then I assume that the hotels do not want competition at all. They are now making an issue that the island is unable to cope with the tourists due to the volume of rental. Taking that into consideration if the hotels are feeding the tourist with breakfast plus two other meals plus in some cases drinks. Will this not in turn reduce the number of bars,cafe's and restaurants needed. If the tourist no longer have these facilities will they all have to stay at hotels in future . Ahh I see where they are going now.


Mike / Hace over 3 years

Hmm so it should be a massive bonus to the tourist tax declarations for the government I DONT THINK SO ?!,,


Phil / Hace over 3 years

You have to also remember when a Hotelier says sold he doesn't mean literally, it could be to a tour operator, bed bank or other 3rd party - its their job now to sell on to a tourist


Sara / Hace over 3 years

Actually Mallorca is not busy. Try Rome, Florence and Milan ... that is seriously back to back tourists where you cannot move - they have it for 365 days a year. Mallorca is dead at the moment sadly for all those businesses and workers who actually only work for 6 months a year.


S. / Hace over 3 years

Illegal Rentals - don't collect Tourist Tax. Which I believe is the reason for the complaints from Hoteliers etc. If ALL the beds have been sold, I suggest the Hoteliers keep quiet. As to their saturation expectancy, the All Inclusive tariff destroys the local bars,restaurants , shops and car hire etc. As the Hotels now control nearly everything in their "ALL INCLUSIVE " package deals. The Hotel guests ,have everything they need or want, from their deals, and their Hotel reception sales people.


Steve Riches / Hace over 3 years

Whatever your stance in the hotel v private rental argument the good news is that lots more people will be on this island madly spending money; that will be magnificent for all of us. It keeps the island bouyant and lively.


Steve Palma Nova / Hace over 3 years

Hmmm. Maybe building the new giant 500 room hotel in Palma Nova wasn't a good idea then ?


Lizz / Hace over 3 years

I cannot believe the hoteliers are serious in blaming rentals for increased numbers of tourists. The only reason for the increase is the unstable political situations in previously popular holiday destinations. Mallorca should " make hay while the sun shines " it will not last forever !