THE Balearic winter tourism industry is facing “very tough” competition from destinations which “have better weather than us,” the President of the Majorcan Tourist Board, Miguel Vicens said yesterday. “In previous years our competitors had less bed spaces but better occupation levels, but now it's the opposite and they are having to slash their prices and we cannot compete,” he said. Vicens believes that all the hard work which has been carried out over the past three years to decentralise the tourist industry, taking the emphasis off the summer months, developing all year tourism and maintaining steady hotel occupancy levels, has been lost. He claims that winter tourism has fallen by between ten and 20 per cent this year. Holiday sales in Germany are still down while there has been a slight increase in UK tourism “although the figures are still worrying for all our businesses.”

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