MAJORCA is facing a massive tourism boom that has forced hotels to suspend sales over the next few weeks.
A sudden influx of holidaymakers from the UK and the EU means some hotels are exceeding occupancy levels of 85 per cent, and they want less popular hotels to take the excess bookings.
It also means that many hotels are putting up their prices.
A report by the business association Pimem says eight out of ten hotels on Majorca have increased their nightly fees.
Island newspaper Ultimahora.es said: “Hotels in the main holiday areas of Majorca will stop sales over the next few weeks, due to the great tourist demand.
“The objective of the businesses is to avoid occupancy problems and encourage tourists to be diverted to hotels with occupancies lower than expected.
“The tour operators TUI, FTI, DER Touristik, Alltours, Schauinsland, Jet2 Holidays and EasyJet Holidays agree that they are exceeding all their reservation records to Majorca despite the competition of Greece, Croatia, Turkey and Egypt.”
According to Ultimahora.es, hotel chains “have been overwhelmed by the avalanche of reservations, both via tour operators and online, since the end of May.”
Festivities, such as Pentecost in Germany and the British school holidays have had a direct impact on the flow of visitors to Son Sant Joan airport.
Passenger and aircraft numbers for June exceeds the same time in 2019, with record-breaking numbers happening last weekend.
The number of French and Italian visitors are up, and Brexit appears to have had no impact on the number of British holidaymakers, but markets the Russian market has decreased due to the war with the Ukraine.
They are predicting that 2022 summer figures will be very similar to those of 2019, and could even beat pre-pandemic levels if last-minute bookings remain strong.
Hotels located in Platja de Muro, Cala Millor, Platja de Palma, areas of Calvià and Pollença are all expecting a big boost in numbers during July, August and September.
Holidaymakers are being warned about booking weekend and evening restaurant reservations well in advance.
Hospitality organisations have claimed that it is currently very difficult to make last minute bookings at decent restaurants.