Balearic government: tourism season is going “infinitely better than expected”

Archive picture: Francina Armengol, Balearic Prime Minister at the airport in Palma de Mallorca.

A positive preliminary assessment of the Tourism season in Mallorca and the neighboring islands has the Balearic Minister-President Francina Armengol pulled on Wednesday (September 1st). The season in the second Corona year was “infinitely better than expected,” she said at a press conference following a meeting with representatives from the travel industry. The Balearic Islands would have “two out of three vacationers from 2019” regained, she said, referring to the fact that the number of visitors was around two-thirds of the record year before Corona. Now it is a matter of “extending the 2021 holiday season as long as possible” and setting it to a year 2022 that will probably be “completely normal” again, according to Armengol.

The months July and August are the classic main travel months for the Balearic Islands Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera. September 1st was a symbolic date to get together with employer and employee representatives and to take stock of the summer months, which were affected several times by increasing numbers of infections and travel restrictions on the islands themselves or in the home regions of the most important markets of Germany and Great Britain was.

The statistics for August are not yet published. In July the Spanish statistical office registered 1.3 million foreign holidaymakers on the Balearic Islands. That is 124 percent more than July 2020, when the numbers collapsed particularly sharply due to the Corona crisis. However, the number is well below the values ​​from the time before the pandemic: In July 2019, 2.3 million foreign tourists were still counted in the Balearic Islands. / day

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