THE first British tourists of the season arrived in Mallorca last February 11.
The group, flying in from Manchester with Jet2 holidays, was the first to come for organised city-break weekends. This marks the start of the season which is more than two and a half months earlier than last year due in great part to the cancellation of flights to Turkey, Egypt, and Tunisia, which has resulted in a higher demand in the UK for holidays in Mallorca.
The Mallorcan Hotelier’s Federation considered their arrival significant because it was the first time British holidaymakers have come to Palma on organised city-break weekends and their arrival marked an early start to the 2016 tourist season.
Jet2 has become the first tour operator in the UK to offer city-break weekend holidays of three or four days.
El Corte Ingles took part in welcoming the holidaymakers and said that the short-break tourist market is good news for businesses on the island and because of the strong pound sterling, the British have become important customers for the retail sector in Palma.
Jet2 will operate more than 80 weekly flights to Palma this summer.