The board of the Fomento del Turismo (Majorca Tourist Board) has voiced concern about the "neglect" and "irresponsible" management of the beaches of Es Trenc and Ses Covetes.
Board members, who visited the beaches on Thursday, criticised the fact that beach services have yet to be awarded to contractors and that this is creating a negative image for tourists. The president, Eduardo Gamero, said that there are no services for one of Majorca's most emblematic beaches. "It is regrettable that there are no sunloungers and lifeguards and nor is there anywhere to buy a bottle of water for a child who might be in need of drink."
It was noted that there had, until a few days ago, been some service, that provided by the chiringuitos, which have now all been demolished. Gamero called for the relevant authorities to make an effort on behalf of the tourists. He believed that the situation could have been avoided, had all the necessary efforts been made. The demolitions could have been done in the winter and the replacement bars have been in place for the season.
He added that the current tourism "bonanza" needs to be managed properly. The island has to consolidate its leading position by keeping tourists who are now coming. They might otherwise have gone elsewhere and need to feel that they are being invited to return to Majorca.
The new, demountable chiringuitos should be ready some time next week.
* In case explanation is needed, the Fomento del Turismo, Majorca Tourist Board, is not a government body. It is a private organisation that was founded in 1905 and took the lead responsibility for the promotion of Majorca's tourism until the creation of the autonomous regional government in 1983.
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