Could the Gesa building include a proposed tourism museum?

20-12-2017Teresa Ayuga

A museum of tourism in Majorca has been spoken about in the past, and now Josep Melià of El Pi wants it to become a reality. To this end he has presented an amendment to the government's budget for 100,000 euros to be devoted to the project, and the location he has in mind for it is the Gesa building in Palma.

His party is open to other suggestions for the museum's siting, but Melíà believes that the Gesa building, which is owned by Palma town hall, would be the ideal place. Close to the Palacio de Congresos, it would be in an "emblematic" building that was designed by the architect Josep Ferragut and which coincided with the start of the 1960s tourism boom. The building itself, its history and the potential content of a museum would therefore go hand in hand.

Melià and El Pi believe that it is a shame that Majorca doesn't have a tourism museum, given that tourism has been and remains the source of most of the island's wealth.

Ten years ago there was a museum project of sorts. It involved the government and the Majorca Tourist Board and was publicised at fairs, but nothing ever came of it.

What is said to be the first tourism museum in the world opened last year in Calella on the Costa Brava.


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osn / Hace over 3 years

It's a huge ugly 10 storey building in a prime plot. A tourism museum is not only a lousey idea, but it wouldn't fill half of the ground floor. As the MDB has been reporting for a while, Palma has an affordable housing crisis, so why not knock the bloody thing down and build a bit of housing?


Jason / Hace over 3 years

Well at least Barcelo will have a section on the man that destroyed tourism to keep legacy going !


Steve Riches / Hace over 3 years

Who would visit this place? Not the reducing number of tourists whose main interest is sun, sea, sand, sex, food, drink, and stupendous natural beauty...after all there's nothing to suggest they flock to current museums. Certainly not the locals, a significant number of whom fail to recognise that tourism funds their lifestyles.


George / Hace over 3 years

You have to laugh at the stupidity of this island. They are so lucky that they have natural beauty otherwise they would be impoverished with the current intellect in the government and the bodies that are supposedly responsible.

This building was protected when it should have been knocked down - eyesore and an embarrassment to all tourists as they drive past it.


Jimmy w / Hace over 3 years

Spend tourist tax income and turn it into accomodation for locals ( social housing) the tourist musiem is a non starter. Need to look after the main income stream _ tourists and the local Majorcan people. Otherwise it's a recipe for disaster.


TC / Hace over 3 years

The best thing would be to demolish the eyesore.


Ron / Hace over 3 years

Yet another ludicrous idea! Enough of museums and culture! As there will be less tourists every year now thanks to Barceló and his cronies, I suppose they would like to show what the islands were like in times before Més came along. Let the building be converted to flats and used to house the homeless and the unemployed that this government have created. Isn't that what socialism and communism is all about??


Vallsman / Hace over 3 years

Best laugh I've had this week.


Henry James / Hace over 3 years

All you actually need is a small,comfortable room housing a solitary tourist with a label reading ''extinct''


Henry James / Hace over 3 years

There is no way you could even begin to fill a building of that size and can you just imagine what it would cost to run and maintain a building of that size,Melia really is living in cloud cuckoo land