|Friday 6 March, 2015 Edition #4599|
Editorial: A great day
By Jason Moore
When I wrote the initial story about the first lunch meeting of the Bulletin Subscribers Club I said that it would be a meeting of many different nationalities who are united in one goal, their love for Majorca and this was certainly the case yesterday. The event at Marc Fosh´s Misa restaurant was attended by Britons, Americans, Scandanavians, Germans and Spaniards. They came together at a fantastic venue and had a great time. And it was great to see it. Special praise must go to Utz Claassen, the chairman of Real Mallorca football club. As I have said elsewhere in this newspaper today, he had a very busy day at the club but still made time to attend our lunch. His presence was greatly appreciated. And also he rather sums up the ethos of our subscribers club. He is German, who loves the island, and has put his money where his mouth is and invested heavily in the island and it’s football club. So we are already planning the second lunch meeting of our subscribers club which will take place next month at a venue to be announced. We want to visit all parts of the island from Pollensa to Andratx and from Cala d´Or to Soller. The ball is rolling. As we announced yesterday we are introducing a loyalty card for our subscribers club which will allow them to receive discounts at top island attractions. Thank you to all those who attended yesterday and hope to see you again next month. A great start thanks to you.
SPAIN REMAINS TOP GLOBAL SUMMER DESTINATION
By Humphrey Carter
It appears that Britain is going to come abroad this summer and Majorca is proving to be the top destination.Reports emergeing from the UK holiday market have been encouraging right from the start of the year with a very early rush on holidays reported during the last two weeks of January and yesterday, TUI’s Hotelbeds confirmed that its main source markets for the key May to September period are the UK, Germany, Spain and the US.
What is more, Hotelbeds claims it is on track to outpace the industry this summer with an estimated 22% growth for global room night sales.
Bookings into Europe have increased by 32% year-on-year, with the top source markets being the UK, Germany, Spain and Ireland.
Spain remains the top global destination for this summer, with a 25% growth in bookings.
Spain is followed by the US and Greece, which is showing 54% growth.
Majorca, the Algarve, Benidorm and Crete are among the destinations most in demand while growth rates of more than 30% have been recorded for Italy, Croatia and Malta.
Small businesses want to block spread of “areas of large tourist influence”
The Federation of Small to Medium Sized Businesses, Pimeco, yesterday announced its intention to block the latest applications from five more municipalities in Majorca to be declared ZGAT areas of large tourist influence” which would give retailers the green light to open seven days a week throughout the year.
In the past, resort retailers have been allowed to be more flexible during the tourist season, from 15 March to 30 October, but the current government over ruled that and now Llucmajor, Felanitx, Vilafranca de Bonany and Sa Pobla want to be declared ZGAT zones and that, Pimeco claims, will only benefit the large retailers.
100 restaurants and bars closed in Palma last year
By Humphrey Carter
Last year, 100 bars and restaurants closed in the capital, adding to concerns over whether the region has climbed out of the recession or not.Over the past 18 months, certain areas of Palma such as the Paseo Mallorca, Calle Blanquerna and Calle Farbica in Santa Catalina have blossomed into the new ‘foody’ zones of Palma, but it would appear that elsewhere, business continues to be rather slow.
There are currently 2,119 bars and restaurants in Palma with as many opening as fast as others are closing.
However, those that are open, in particular the bars, have made the most of the easing of the rules and regulations controlling terraces and the number of establishments with terraces has increased significantly, although they are smaller than in previous years which means that the council , for the past fiscal year, has collected less terrace tax.
Those restaurants which have withered the economic storm are, nevertheless, looking forward to the coming tourist season which is going to start earlier than usual with Easter falling at the beginning of April. The domestic market has picked up with consumers appearing to have slightly more consumer confidence but that is apparently only leading to restaurants being full on weekends with bookings, in many cases, obligatory.
Civil Protection draws up tsunami plan
The Director General of Civil Protection and the Emergency department yesterday held a meeting with all the various state security services to update the national and regional response plans in the event of a tsunami hitting parts of Spain.
In 2003, for example, an earthquake off the coast of Algeria caused a mini tsunami in the Balearics which caused serious flooding and considerable damage, especially in Minorca and the Civil protection Director General, Juan Diaz Cruz, yesterday began discussing the current emergency protocol and ways in which it could be improved.
Cruz said that the chances of a major tsunami striking Spain are relatively low, but the main problem is that should one occur, then extensive damage will be caused and that is what the emergency services want to try and avoid.