In the past few days, two particular reports have appeared in the British media with two very similar headlines stating an "end of an era" for Majorca. These reports were in The Sun and The Express and have been shared widely on social networks.

Under "ADIOS! End of an era as Brits ABANDON Majorca after hundreds of ‘arrogant locals’ demand holidaymakers go home", The Sun published comments by holidaymakers who are prepared to abandon the island after a backlash from arrogant locals. In The Express there were similar comments under the headline "ADIOS MAJORCA: End of an era as Britons HATED by ‘arrogant locals’ start leaving isle".

In The Sun there was not an acknowledgement as to the source of these comments. In The Express there was: the Majorca Daily Bulletin. The Express claimed that the Bulletin had interviewed holidaymakers and had therefore specifically elicited their opinions. This is untrue. The comments were made by readers of the Bulletin website. They were commenting on a report headlined "Massification demo calls for more courageous government measures". We were totally unaware that these comments were going to be reproduced.

At the time of using these comments for compiling the two news reports, there would have been no more than nine reader comments in all. In fact, the comments used by The Sun came from three of the nine.

The "massification" (overcrowding) demonstration on Saturday was attended by some 3,000 people from fifty or so different associations, organisations, political parties and platforms. It was a protest against a variety of issues, such as the quality of employment in the tourism industry and the environmental impact of tourism. These were all issues that are now well known in the debate regarding the model of tourism and not only the model as it applies to Majorca.

Anti-tourism sentiment, to the extent that it exists in Majorca, has been widely reported here in Majorca and in the foreign media. Majorca, given its popularity, arguably attracts more attention than any other Mediterranean and European sun-and-beach destination. Majorca is news. It is very good news. And this news can sometimes be exaggerated.

No one denies that holidaymakers, and not only British holidaymakers, have expressed some concerns regarding, and as examples, the tourist tax and the recent legislation on holiday rentals. In the case of British holidaymakers, they have additional concerns, which are not confined to Majorca, because of the exchange rate.

There will also be concerns because of the apparent anti-tourism sentiment, which - from our perspective here in Majorca - has been overblown by elements of the British media. To give an example, there have been references to anti-tourism "riots". There have been no such thing. The most publicised incident occurred in July when a small group from Arran let off flares and paraded anti-tourism banners by a restaurant in Palma. Arran is wholly unrepresentative.

It is nevertheless true that public opinion expresses concern about tourism overcrowding and the impacts of tourism. It is also true that this opinion is generally in favour of some limits to the number of tourists. It is also true to say that tourists' own opinion is that there is overcrowding.

We take it as a compliment, or rather our readers should, that British newspapers can compile news reports using comments from our website. But we cannot let these reports pass without observing that elements of the British media are distorting realities. There have not been incidents of an anti-tourism nature in the resorts. They have principally been confined to Palma. The throwing of eggs against the windscreens of transfer coaches may well have been such an incident, but no group has claimed any responsibility for it. To suggest, as The Sun has, that "British holidaymakers feared for their lives" is an example of over-statement, while singling out British tourists, as The Express has also done, is a total misrepresentation.

Majorca's tourism faces issues. At the Bulletin we are all too aware of them, and we don't step back in voicing criticism of certain government policies regarding tourism. We have ourselves reported incidents of an anti-tourism nature, which we would be expected to do, but we stress that there have been very few such incidents. As for the demonstration on Saturday, it was a totally peaceful one by three thousand people with different issues, including the building of a new road (Llucmajor to Campos).

Perspective needs to be applied, but unfortunately this isn't always the case.

As a final point, we fully respect the opinions of our readers on this subject, and there have been opinions expressed with other reports on the website. The passion with which these opinions are made might indeed be something that the regional government should reflect upon.

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Currently at Las Gaviotas / Hace over 2 years

Finnish News paper also reported a some dislike of turism in Mallorca: http://m.iltalehti.fi/ulkomaat/2016053021649051_ul.shtml

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Alex / Hace over 2 years

This makes a strong case for closing your comments sections. So often the same small group of people making the same predictable comments.

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Steve Riches / Hace over 2 years

Ana - please set out the realistic list of industry and commerce with which you will replace tourism. Your commente are pointless unless you are able to back them up with workable alternatives which produce an equivalent inward investmemt.

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Rick UK / Hace over 2 years

Majorca will be in more demand in 2018 ......The main problem for Majorca is Magaluf due to the drugs situation and a minority of the low life who visit this area.

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Lawrie / Hace over 2 years

Ana, better opportunities where? Not in mallorca. Highly educated youngsters leave the island to work elsewhere i'm afraid. No big businesses aren't going to set up here to provide jobs thats a non starter. Mallorca has a product that it sells very well, a beautiful island, lots of sun and lovely beaches. They have lots of banks that need skilled staff but only because its a wealthy island due to.... yes tourism.

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palmadave / Hace over 2 years

Well said ANA.

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Ana / Hace over 2 years

Many places survive without tourism. Just because the Balearics has derived income from tourism in the past does not mean that it has to continue to do so at an increasing rate in this modern age. People are better educated and no longer happy to work in a low paid, long hours service industry when there are better opportunities. Running a beach bar is hardly the ambition of a young Majorcan nor should it be. Who can blame them for wanting to pursue an alternative model to prosperity. Tourists bring a low income to some families but it comes at a price. There are only so many hire cars that can park at a virgin beach in for example, Menorca and the roads are already congested. Unsurprising then, that fewer tourists but of a high spending variety is the choice of many. Would you want your peaceful English village invaded by a load of loud, drunken Spaniards? I think not.

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Harry / Hace over 2 years

The companies that keep the island going could easily give a very short/sharp/shock to the island.

Tourism travel companies like TUI, Jet2, all the airlines, German tour companies etc, could All NOT book airline slots and beds for 2019 - walk away from the island for one year. It would not be one year ... as like the EU Brussels, they would be invited back with open arms by 2020.

Interesting times ahead - with Brexit, Catalonia, and the island not wanting tourists.

How can it truly sustain itself? I can see many struggling for work as companies will not be able to survive.

Stopping the independent traveler whom favours Air Bnb is a mistake. People want a diversification of choice and HOTEL ROOMS is an outdated concept.

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Carlos / Hace over 2 years

Simply put: "fake news in brittish media"

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Steve Kane / Hace over 2 years

I again will say to those who want LESS tourists on the Island if we the tourist stop coming to the Island how will you and your familys earn a living we not only come to the Island for the sun we also come and help you all make a living??

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