Supermarkets are benefiting from the growth of holiday rentals.

30-08-2010David Juárez

The economic impact of holiday rentals will be greater than ever this summer, according to forecasts by websites and the rentals' association Aptur. Supermarkets, for instance, are anticipating a 20% increase in business volume, and these are not the only businesses which benefit. So also do bars and restaurants, other shops and car-rental agencies.

The president of Aptur, Juan Estarellas, says that holiday rental demand has grown by 60% in the past two years and will be up by more than 20% this year. Hence there will be the benefits to various businesses.

Other beneficiaries include distributors and shipping companies. The association for the distribution of food, drink and cleaning products anticipates a 5% growth in business in 2017, noting that increased business in the past two years has matched the additional numbers of arrivals at the airport. Its prediction of 5% is based on orders being received from the wholesale and retail sector, the complementary sector (e.g. restaurants) and also hotels. Orders from the latter, suggests Tolo Servera, the president of the association, are up by 10%.

There are more than 1,600 lorries for distribution in Majorca to which can be added the 1,000 belonging to retailers which have headquarters on the mainland.

Baleària and Trasmediterránea both announced at the recent Fitur international tourism fair that they will be adding capacity to their ships heading from the mainland to the Balearics. The president of Baleària, Adolfo Utor, says that the company has been experiencing years of maximum growth but is still able to respond to ever greater demand. "Supply to the islands is guaranteed."

From March, Trasmediterránea will be adding capacity to its services from Barcelona and Valencia to Palma.

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Brian / Hace over 4 years

We have a power war going on here. The hotels want less rentals but the supermarkets say the increase in rentals is pushing up their sales. It seems we used to have everyone happy with hotels doing well, supermarkets increasing sales and a vibrant rental market, all helping the small traders. Greed of the hotels has sparked off a real issue now and every sector is not fighting for that business. On the back of that the local government want their share of this so at some stage someone will loose out. I wonder if it just may be everyone. The tourist is getting fed up with this and eventually will stop coming to Majorca in the numbers they do now,and then what?

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Henry James / Hace over 4 years

The all-inclusives might be good for families,especially with the fall in the value of the pound, but they do nothing for much for the economy of the island apart from employing a number of people for six months or so but destroy many more jobs than they create by putting cafes,bars,restaurants et etc out of business as well as having an effect on other tourist attractions,water parks,coach trips,boat trips,ice cream sales et al as those on all-inclusives are then inclined not to spend any other money while on holiday.

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