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Tuesday 30 September, 2014 Edition #4463
 

Editorial: Something is wrong

By Humphrey Carter

SOMETHING is not right here in the Balearics. Last week we saw that while mainland Spain has enjoyed a record year for the number of tourists and the amount of money they have spent, here in the Balearics, tourism spending has fallen since the start of the year and now, that summer is over and hotel s are going to start closing up for the winter, a last minute increase in revenue is unlikely to be experienced.
And, it appears that not only have foreign visitors spent less in the Balearics, domestic consumer confidence in the region remains brittle. Yesterday is was announced that Spanish retail sales rose 0.4 percent year-on-year on a calendar-adjusted basis in August, the biggest increase since May, according to data from the National Statistics Institute.
That follows a 0.2 percent contraction in retail sales in July. Retail sales have shown signs of picking up in 2014 after a three-year period when they mostly fell, as unemployment in Spain soared.
Retail sales had been expected to drop 0.3 percent year-on-year in August, according to a Reuters poll and that, is what has happened in the Balearics, despite the increase across the water.
Retailers in the Balearics suffered a 0.5 percent fall in takings last month.
And all this comes as the Spanish economy on a whole grows at one of the fastest rates in Europe, sadly though, none of that appears to rubbing off here.

Fresh calls for TIL to be scrapped

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Palma local reunion consellera Nuria Riera con directores fotos Teresa Ayuga

By Humphrey Carter

Nuria Riera continued meeting  teachers, parents and shop stewards yesterday in an attempt to solve the dispute over trilingual teaching.

Palma.—Teachers have made it clear over the past few weeks that they are not opposed to teaching more English in schools but are unhappy with the model the Balearic government has drawn up.
The TIL programme has been ruled “invalid” by the Balearic High Court and yesterday, the teachers’ union STEI, the UGT general workers’ union and secondary school principals urged the new Minister for Education to honour that ruling and scrap TIL, introduce new education policies and file all the charges pending against teachers for having apparently broken the law with regards to failing to teach TIL or take industrial action in protest.
The various groups also asked the minister to grant schools more powers to decide how they go about their business and to develop a multi lingual curriculum in consensus with teachers.

Rocamar demolition in final phase

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Martinez in Puerto Soller yesterday.

Palma.—The Minister for Tourism, Jaime Martinez, yesterday visited Soller to see how the demolition of the Rocamar Hotel is coming along.
Accompanied by the mayor of Soller, Carlos Simarro, the Minister travelled to the port to see the final phase of the project under way.
Two buildings are being demolished and once the area has been cleared, it will then be redeveloped by Soller Council which is going to turn the area into green albeit through which the famous dry stone wall walk will pass.
Martinez praised the mayor for the council’s efforts and said that once the project is completed, the port will be given a new lease of life.

Majorca still very popular among British tourists

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Majorca continues to be one of the most popular holiday destinations for British, German and Scandinavian tourists.

By Francisco Cortez

Majorca was one of the most popular tourist destinations for visitors to Spain between January and June this year.

Palma.—According to a report published yesterday by a hotel accommodation and price comparison website,  Majorca was the third most popular choice among tourists from the United Kingdom, Germany and Scandinavia.
Barcelona and Madrid topped the list respectively.
The Catalan capital was also the favourite destination for tourists from France, Italy, Holland, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia.
More so, the report confirmed that the majority of visitors to Spain prefer to stay in coastal areas.
Fifteen out of the 20 top destinations were located on the coast.
The majority of hotel reservations were made in Majorca, Ibiza, Tenerife, Grand Canaria and Lanzarote. Six destinations in Andalusia, four in Catalonia and three in Valencia were also on the list.
Among Spanish nationals, New York was once again the preferred holiday destination.
London, Paris, Rome and Berlin were next on the list. Several cities in the United States also saw a surge in bookings, including Las Vegas, Miami and Los Angeles.
Nonetheless, the city which recorded the biggest climb in the top 20 was Istanbul.

Road leading to Formentor’s lighthouse to be resurfaced

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The Council of Majorca confirmed yesterday that road works to improve the road leading to Formentor’s lighthouse will begin tomorrow.
Traffic will be closed from Monday to Saturday between 8am and 8pm between kilometre 8,650 (after the  Hotel Formentor) and kilometre 19,290. Road works are expected to last for a month.
The council decided to go ahead with the project before the winter season, when the weather could potentially delay the resurfacing of the road.
A source from the council said this move was necessary due to the “evident deterioration of the tarmac”.

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High of 25 and low 19

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