Majorca plans to crack down on tourist numbers

By Catherine Eade
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Majorca is reassessing its tourism strategy and plans to tighten limits on visitor numbers after locals complained of overcrowding this summer, according to reports.

The island’s governing council also wants to close some accommodation and is trebling the number of inspectors to check on illegal holiday lets, warning that that owners of apartments and villas renting out their properties ‘under the radar’ will be fined.

Majorca President Catalina Cladera said the island wants to attract ‘tourism of higher worth and fewer quantity’ from now on.

Ms Cladera said: “I will not deny it, this summer there has been overcrowding in some points.

“The brand new tourism regulation marks the roadmap with the moratorium and the blocking of recent locations.”

Earlier this year the Balearic Islands Government said it would allocate €10 million to buy ‘low-category establishments’, including hotels and entertainment venues, which it then plans to close.

Balearics President Francina Armengol said a new tourist model in which the territory protects its natural resources is ‘incompatible with excessive tourist pressure’.

But there has been a backlash from two-star hotels and ‘excess tourism’ venues, who say they will fight any compulsory purchase orders, claiming the plans will ruin hundreds of family businesses.

The Spanish Association of Hotel Managers and Directors (AEDH) says the plan should be abandoned.

Travel Gossip has asked the Spanish Tourist Office for comment.

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