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Tuesday 16 September, 2014 Edition #4451
 

Editorial: A longer season

By Jason Moore

THE summer season may have started on a low note but it looks set to end on a high with a surge in late bookings thanks to the fantastic September weather. And what is more some of the island´s top attractions have decided to delay their closing dates to cash in on the late bookers. I am told that a large number of hotels will remain open until at least til the end of next month. It could also mean that some vital revenue will be clawed back after a peak season which has proved to be relatively good but not the record summer which the Balearic government had been forecasting. Winter tourism still remains a distant dream despite assurances by the Balearic government that they were working long and hard to lengthen the holiday season. The main concern for the Balearics this year has been tourist spending. While across the country it has increased in the Balearics it has fallen quite dramatically. The growth of all- inclusive tourism continues which will hit the bar and restaurant trade hard. There has also been a spectacular growth in the number of people who have been renting homes for their holiday here. Despite warnings from the hoteliers and the Balearic government this market continues to prosper. But it does have its perils, especially when booking direct from the internet. A taxi driver told me how he had taken an Italian family to an apartment they had rented online in the Red Light District. The advertisement said it was close to beach and shops!  

SUMMER TIME IN MAJORCA

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Kevin Miller sent us his photograph of sun set over Arta.

Keep those summer snaps coming in, the sun is still shining.
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Balearics have the most expensive hotels in Spain

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Palma is enjoying a busy September with a late surge in tourists.

By Humphrey Carter

Hotel rates in the Balearics have risen sharply this year and are now the highest in the country, according to the latest Hotel Price Index survey.

Palma.—The report, published yesterday, reveals that visitors coming to the Balearics are having to pay the highest average hotel room rates and that those rates have also risen sharply over the course of this year.
According to the Hotel Price Index survey carried out by Hoteles.com, Ibiza is the most expensive destination inSpain to stay in a hotel with average room rates of around 163 euros per night, a rise of 22 percent in comparison to last year. The national average hotel rate is 107 euros and according to the conclusions to the survey, Balearic hoteliers have been making the most of the high level of demand for accommodation in the Balearics and that the region boasts one of the “most famous and fashionable islands in the world, Ibiza”.
This year, the island has been flooded by the rich and famous, Madonna even celebrated her birthday in Ibiza with an all-star party.

New Local Police Chief of Marratxi named

The Mayor of Marratxi, Tomeu Oliver, yesterday appointed Bernat Marti as the new chief of the local police force after the resignation of Antoni Ledesma who was last week arrested for his alleged involvement in the Calvia extortion investigation.
Ledesma resigned on the grounds of protecting the municipality’s “good image.”
Oliver yesterday expressed his “total support and confidence in the local police force, adding that he is “very proud” of the work the  force carries out and will defend the force against any criticism.

Test rule out patient suffering from Ebola

The Balearic Ministry for Health has deactivated the virus alert after tests carried out in Madrid over the weekend have confirmed that a 40-year-old Nigerian in Son Espases  is definitely not suffering from Ebola, as initially suspected.

Calls for President and Minister to quit

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Over 1,500 teachers and parents gathered outside the Consolat de Mar calling for the President and the Minister for Education to resign.

By Humphrey Carter

For the second consecutive year, the new school term has been rocked by industrial action.

Palma.—Teachers are refusing to accept the trilingual TIL curriculum, which the Balearic Ministry for Education wanted to introduce last year, and they are also angry over continual cuts to education which  is why thousands of teachers took strike action yesterday with teachers’ unions warning that more industrial action is to follow if the government continues to refuse to enter into negotiations with teaching unions.
And not only did the President of the Balearics, Jose Ramon Bauza and the Minister for Education, Joana Maria Camps, feel the full force of teachers’ anger, Bauza also came under attack from the secretary general of the opposition Socialist party, Francina Armengol, who accused the President’s conduct as “contrary to community standards of justice, honesty and good morals.”
She also accused Bauza of holding teachers, students and  parents to ransom over his refusal to review an electoral promise made at the last election.

Today's weather

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High of 32 and low 18

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