|Friday 30 January, 2015 Edition #4569|
Editorial: Well done Greece!
By Jason Moore
The new Greek government has certainly put the cat amongst the pigeons with its announcement that it will seek to limit all inclusive holidays. While I don´t agree with much of what the new Greek government intends to do, I will support them on this one. All inclusive holidays are not the way forward. Infact it is a step backwards. Hundreds of bars and restaurants in resorts across the island have been forced to close with the loss of thousands of jobs because the hotel next door decided or was told to go all inclusive. A record number of tourists visited the Balearics last year but tourist spending actually fell. It is not rocket science to see that while all inclusive holidays will mean that you get the numbers you won´t get the euros in the resorts because many simply do not go out. It will cost them money. Now, there was a movement last year to try and tackle all inclusive holidays in Majorca. The socialist party on the Calvia Council proposed a limit. But I sincerely doubt that the all-powerful hotel trade would ever support plans to curb all inclusive holidays. Majorca is a beautiful island and deserves to be explored You can´t see Majorca in all its glory from the inside of a hotel. Now, obviously for families on a budget all inclusive holidays are fantastic but many Majorcan families, who work in resorts, are also forced to go on a budget because the spending power of tourists has decreased. My advice, curb all inclusives and save the bar trade.
Majorca makes top 20 destination in UK
New York overtook Paris as the top overseas destination for UK travellers in 2014, according to Hotels.com’s annual Hotel Price Index.
The French capital was pushed back into second place place for the first time in three years.
A reshuffle in the top five destinations in 2014 saw Amsterdam coming in third, closely followed by Dublin and Rome - pushing Las Vegas to sixth place and out of the top five altogether. New to the top 20 overseas destinations are Majorca and Munich, featuring in 19th and 20th position respectively, knocking both Los Angeles and Singapore out of the list.
Orlando was the highest climber, up five places to 12th.
London was once again the most-visited city for inbound travellers, with Edinburgh a close second, followed by Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow. The only new entry was Inverness, taking 19th place in the top 20 UK destinations for overseas visitors.
PLAN TO REFORM THE PLAYA DE PALMA SUFFERS A NEW SET BACK
The consortium responsible for reforming the Playa de Palma has suffered another set back after being informed that technicians from the History and Heritage department of the Council of Majorca detected sixteen “deficiencies” in the project.
This came only a week after being told by the Urban Development department that their own technicians also found the project to be faulty and incomplete. This latest report is due to be delivered to the Urban Department, which will decide over the next few days whether the project can go ahead and fix the problems as they go, or bring the reformation plan to a complete halt until every little detail is resolved.
Alvaro Gijon, manager of the consortium said last week and repeated it again yesterday, that the group was working alongside the Council of Majorca to repair the mistakes but that these were only “minor technicalities”.
Train and metro fares for free between 1 and 19 February
Public train and subway services in Majorca will be free of charge between 2 and 19 February, the region’s transport department announced yesterday.
There has been a series of changes to local public transport services and transport authorites feel it would be unfair to charge users before a trial period, to see how smooth services run.
Transport authorities have installed new ticket machines, access barriers and security cameras in different stations all over the island, and to avoid any unecessary chaos, queues or any other problems that might affect the users’ daily routine, a grace period would be the best solution for everyone.
By 19 February, and should the transport department be happy that all the new changes are running as expected, ticket fees will once again be applied.
Famous British author investigates new party Podemos
British investigative writer and journalist, John Carlin, is currently working on a second book about Spain’s new political party Podemos, and will be focussing especially on the party’s founder, Pablo Iglesias.
Podemos is a left-wing political party founded in 2014. In the 2014 European Parliament elections, Podemos received about 8% of the national vote, even though it was merely four months old at the time.
Podemos originated in the aftermath of the 2011 Indignados movement against inequality and corruption. It is a left-wing populist party that seeks to address the problems of inequality, unemployment and economic malaise that followed in the wake of the European debt crisis. Podemos has called for a renegotiation of austerity measures and seeks to curtail the Treaty of Lisbon.