Biel Barceló, "defending" sun-and-beach tourism.

29-11-2016Jaume Morey

Tourism minister Biel Barceló defended sun-and-beach tourism in parliament today, having been put on the spot by Josep Melià of El Pi who had accused the minister of having said that this type of tourism has low spending power; something which "concerns us a great deal", noted Melià.

Barceló said that this tourism brings wealth to the Balearics, nevertheless adding that there is work to be done in order to bring more tourists in the winter. Sun-and-beach tourism, observed Barceló, is firmly consolidated but effort needs to be applied in attracting tourism that is more sustainable and respectful of the environment.

The minister stated that sun-and-beach tourists spend a daily average of 109 euros, while visitors coming for work or business spend an average of 96 euros. Melià added that no one from his party had said anything about low spending power. It had been Barceló who had said it and it was he, according to Melià, who "wants to give up the main source of wealth for the Balearics, which is sun-and-beach tourism".

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richard morrow / Hace 5 days

There are quite a few flights now and lots of hotels open tha is not problem at all

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Brian McGrath / Hace 6 days

To Increase Winter visits , the airlines need to put on more flights. In the North of England their are very few flights if any at all to Majorca. I know from experience people would visit if flights were available. Plus of course some hotels need to be open as well.

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S. / Hace 7 days

"Barceló said that this tourism brings wealth to the Balearics, nevertheless adding that there is work to be done in order to bring more tourists in the winter." Sr. Barcelo is totally right to state more Winter Tourism is needed. More Attractions, More Hotels open,More flights,Special discounted prices, like half price on everything, during very low season periods etc.

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