The tourism increase expected at the beginning of the year for the largest Balearic Island Mallorca has not occurred yet. After the record of 2013 with 9.488 million arrivals (+ 3.4%), it was expected the increase will continue this year. However, the first six months of 2014 show that tourist numbers are going down.
Between January and June, almost 2.5% fewer guests arrived to Mallorca compared to the same period last year. The drop is attributable to the weaker interest especially among international tourists (-2.7%).
Germany – the by far largest source market – went back by almost 3.9% to 1.487 million arrivals. The trend is quite different for Austria however – the amount of Austrian arrivals grew by 8.1% to 70.653 arrivals.
Mallorca’s hoteliers are also not satisfied regarding the unexpected decline. The occupancy rate slightly went back but a higher profitability was reported on.
Among the reasons for the drop in demand is the FIFA world championship as well. Big events of this type usually lead to a slight decline for bookings. Mallorca is also feeling the strong recovery of Greece.