Despite feeling abnormally early, last weekend was heralded as the start of the tourist season. TUI Fly began its operations from Germany to Mallorca and, together with Eurowings, Ryanair, Lufthansa and Condor, there were no less than 57 scheduled flights between the countries on Saturday - a figure that hasn’t been seen since the winter before the pandemic. This flurry of interest meant that 26% of establishments within the Mallorca Hoteliers Federation decided to throw open their doors - versus just 11% in 2019. This will rise to 42% on 1 March, coinciding with the launch of TUI’s UK flight programme. Hotel room bookings, and indeed car-hire reservations, are said to be gathering pace from one day to the next, demonstrating a great desire to travel. It certainly bodes well for a vibrant and rewarding summer.