Tourist tax money used to complete velodrome

Nearly 50.000 euros of tourist tax money is to be ploughed into helping complete the development of the new velodrome in Ses Salines which along with the Campos cycle route, will be officially unveiled on Sunday. The velodrome deal was signed yesterday by Balearic Tourism Minister Celesti Alomar and the Mayor of Ses Salines, Joan Burguera. The Minister highlighted the fact that this year, 218.000 euros has been spent on the new cycle route and the improvement of the Lluchmajor route, to which the Campos route is now linked, which was opened last year. The rural cycle route now covers a total of 55 kilometres running through the heart of Majorca's countryside and is specially sign posted for cyclists with tough restrictions on motorists. The new route is actually included in the Non-motorised Road Plan which, Alomar said, is being extended to the Serra Tramuntana and across the Balearics. Cycle tourism is one of the new tourism “brands” which the government hopes will help diversify the regions's tourist industry and promote active tourism. With the cash injection, Ses Salines will be able to finish the velodrome project and start attracting official competitions. However, the President of the Balearic Cycling Federation, Andreu Canals, said that it is a shame that Majorca does not have a covered cycle track which could be used to host top international events. On Sunday, to mark the opening of the Campos cycle route, the Ministry for Tourism has organised a mass cycle, open to all cyclists, which sets off from the Sant Llorenc roundabout in Campos at 9.30am and will cover 21.5 kilometres.

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