Spanish tourism in Majorca is increasing dramatically.

10-02-2018Archive

Spanish holiday bookings for Majorca this summer are showing a sharp increase over last year. One online agency, Bedsonline, points to reservations having gone up 43%. In general, there is a roughly 30% rise, and it is one marked by much earlier booking than is typically the case with the Spanish market. Last minute tends to be the norm for Spanish holidaymakers, very much more so than with the foreign markets such as the UK, Germany and Scandinavia.

Other leading agencies like Booking.com and Expedia are experiencing the same early rush to book. Carlos Feliu, sales director for Bedsonline, believes that this is a reflection of economic recovery and also of the high hotel occupancy last year. In other words, Spanish holidaymakers realise that they can't afford to wait until the last minute.

Two of Spain's main tour operators - Soltour (the Piñero group) and Travelplan (Globalia) - had indicated at the Fitur tourism fair in Madrid last month that prospects for Majorca this summer were excellent. They also believe that economic conditions are a key factor. Encarna Piñero, the CEO of the Piñero group, says that they have had to increase the number of seats contracted with airlines

Spanish airlines like Vueling and foreign operators such as Ryanair and Norwegian are currently finalising their schedules, which will come into operation towards the end of March. The ferry companies, Baleària and Trasmediterránea, are doing likewise.

Maria Frontera, president of the Majorca Hoteliers Federation, says that the recovery of the Spanish market is allowing it to compete more with foreign markets. She adds that Spanish tourists are staying longer and that demand is less geared to the high season than was the case.

Final official figures for the Spanish market in 2017 are yet to be made available, but in 2016 Majorca attracted 1,208,776 Spanish tourists. The overseas figure for 2016 was 9,711,461. Spain's tourism therefore equated to 11.1% of all tourism, the third most important market after the German and the British.

In Ibiza and Formentera in 2016, the Spanish share of the market was much higher; it was 21.5%.

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Henry James / Hace 3 months

The only people to benefit from this increase are the hoteliers,with apartments almost impossible to rent and more and more people booking all-inclusive or half-board,less and less is being spent outside the hotels and in a few years,many businesses will have to close,leading to less on offer outside the hotels and higher unemployment,so there is no benefit to the economy of the Island and little to cheer about.

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Willky 23 / Hace 3 months

Because there is a dramatic decrease in the total number of beds available this year due to the apartment legislation I'm not surprised the hotel sector are selling places sooner and at a higher cost per head. The total visitors will be down but the hotels will have a higher occupancy rate. As said many times this of course only helps the hotel chains and no-one else.

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S. / Hace 4 months

When are these increased bookings being made, and for what part of the forthcoming Season, and where on The Island ?

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