In Pollensa, which is considered to have been the "cradle" of holiday rental accommodation in Majorca, there is some concern that the main economic activity in the municipality is being affected by the holiday rentals legislation. There are signs of fewer people being employed.
The town hall wants the Council of Majorca to reconsider the classification of Pollensa town as "saturated" and to therefore enable all-year rental of all types of property. This submission from the town hall comes from the ruling Junts Avançam and UMP (Unió Mollera Pollencina) as well as from the opposition Tots per Pollença and Partido Popular. Only the Alternativa per Pollença disagrees.
The town hall accepts that Pollensa has a problem with a shortage of residential accommodation for rent. This has led to young people and others with limited resources moving elsewhere. Nevertheless, holiday rentals have become the main economic activity in the municipality and many families depend on them.
In January last year, it was revealed that in Pollensa there were 7,134 hotel places and 8,999 registered holiday rentals places (to say nothing of those which were not registered). Pollensa is not unique in having this type of balance between accommodation places, but it is among the main coastal tourism municipalities. Both Arta and Campos have significantly more rentals places than hotel places, but neither falls into the category of main coastal municipality. The same report last year showed that both Arta and Campos had around 2,700 places in total.
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