Island tourist numbers come under scrutiny

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LIMITING the number of tourists visiting the Balearic Islands may be considered in the future. The Councillor for Innovation, Investigation and Tourism, Biel Barcelo, hasn’t ruled out ‘launching a debate’ regarding a limit on the number of tourists allowed to visit in the high season.
This has already been considered in the Canary Islands.
Following a meeting with the Mallorca Hoteliers’ Federation, Barcelo said that the islands are “full and drained” during the summer and that there should not be more pressure put on the territory and resources.
However, the pointed out that for now, it was only something which may be up for discussion in the future.
In the first five months of this year, more than 3.3 million tourists visited the Balearic Islands, 10.9 per cent more than the same period last year. In the whole of 2014, there were 13,580,000 visitors.


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