Majorca is set for a good holiday season next year and probably the next four successive years. A bold statement - do I have a crystal ball? Well the simple answer is no. But I do know something: local hoteliers have decided to give staff a 17 per cent pay rise over the next four years, so obviously they must believe that things are going to be good and there is no need for concern.

They can complain that the rise in the tourist tax could affect bookings to the island but they know that tourists will continue to come to the island and there is no need for concern. This was quite a bold move by local hoteliers; it is a significent increase which averages at more than four per cent per year over the next four years. A very generous package.

Local hotel chains are making big money at the moment. They have increased their prices and still tourists are coming. The Balearic government also urged them to spread the wealth and this has certainly been the case. But I would say that this is cause for concern. The island is facing competition from cheaper holiday destinations in the eastern Mediterranean. I know for a fact that some tour companies are planning to increase their programmes next year to destinations in Turkey. British tourists have been hit by the fall in the value of sterling and of course Majorca is not a cheap holiday destination. I would be slightly worried, but it appears local hoteliers believe everything is ok.

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MofromRo / Hace 6 days

At the rate things are going, there will be a massive shortfall in available accommodation. Licences are not being given to private homeowners to rent their homes out, and other highly restrictive legislation is on the horizon to prevent any competition with hoteliers. This is going to hit the highly sought after finca market very badly, and we shall be seeing and feeling the results in the years to come with hardly any AirB+B property available. A lot of tourists simply do want to stay in tourist designated areas and in same-same hotels. It's also going to affect the housing market. Not many people will want to buy here when they cannot rent out their properties in summer, to tourists to help with their expenses. Madrid should step in and sort this mess out.

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Steve Riches / Hace 7 days

Of course the hoteliers are happy - most of the politicians are dancing to their tune.

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Henry James / Hace 8 days

Perhaps you should change your name to Nostradamus because nobody else could predict what might happen in the next four years,especially as Brexit and a general election will both take place in this time period and we have the continuing fall of the pound and more job losses in the UK.

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Chris Parkin / Hace 9 days

Judging by the prices they are charging, they only need to be 10% full to turn a profit!!

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S. / Hace 9 days

Delighted to read the Hotel Staff are being awarded a 17% pay rise. For many years they have been poorly paid. The Staff are the lifeblood of the Hotels. Very rich Hotel Groups should continue this trend. I hope it is the same for the 2 and 3 Star Hotels. The Editor has stated continued high levels of Tourism to Mallorca, in the future. I hope his prophesy is good.

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S. / Hace 9 days

I can not comment on this Web Site, as it resets whilst typing. Most annoying. Perhaps your I T Staff could investigate this problem. Surprisingly, this comment has been effected !!!!.

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