! Murcia Today – Mallorca say they don’t want British tourists
Several British tabloids have claimed the Spanish island is ‘looking to shut out’ British tourists next summer
The devil however, as always, is in the details.
“We’re not interested in having the budget tourists from the UK, we don’t care if they go anywhere else in Greece and Turkey,” Ms Escribano reportedly told The Sun newspaper.
“We are also interested in having fewer people from the UK and more from other parts of Europe where there is better air connectivity,” she reportedly added.
The rest of the British tabloids jumped on his comments, with headlines screaming that Mallorca ‘refuses’ to welcome the Brits next summer and ‘seeks instead to exclude them’.
According to Mallorcan authorities, the tourism boss’ statement was completely taken out of context and “maliciously distorted”.
“We are not interested in promoting the island in summer. We try to attract tourists to come outside the summer season to enjoy sports or our cultural attractions and museums. We want to focus more on activities outside season than on the sun and the beaches,” continued the director of tourism.
However, a series of tough restrictions and rules implemented ahead of peak season in a bid to curb so-called drunken tourism still loom large in the minds of many holidaymakers, and the feeling that Britons are no longer as welcome as they once were. occupies an important place.
Despite justifications for the statements, business owners who rely on tourism remain furious at Ms Escribano’s unintended ‘anti-tourism’ message.
“This time the UK market has been hit making tourists believe they are not welcome on our islands. Nothing could be further from the truth and from the hospitality industry we want to make it very clear that British customers are always welcome,” said a spokesperson for the Majorca Hotel Business Federation, adding that ambiguous statements like this can cause “untold damage” to the tourism market.
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