New Bookings Spark For Menorca Holidays
Early 2010 has been good for Menorca - although quiet for the winter a healthy number of people have booked their summer holidays for the Spanish
island - giving hope to the Menorca holidays industry that this could be a good year.
The economic downturn, worry about job losses and future prospects hit Menorca and the other Spanish holiday islands hard last year - the British
pound for example slipped again in value against the Euro, sometimes coming close to parity.
Menorca while not exclusively reliant on British tourism, or even to the same degree as for example another Mediterranean island Malta, does still see
a high number of British tourists in its overall mix, and the island will be hoping that the British economy improves and the number of holidays in
Menorca being taken also improves in 2010 compared to last year.
But there is optimism on the island that 2010 could see a rise in the number of holidaymakers making their way to Menorca for a week or two, and
there do seem to be grounds for that optimism.
The chances of a rise in the number of people taking holidays in Menorca next year are increased by the fact that 2009 is a low base to start from, but
if Sterling rallies against the Euro that will certainly help, as people return to their favourite destinations instead of deciding upon cheaper options
outside the Eurozone such as Turkey and Egypt. It's election year in Britain next year, and once that is out of the way interest rates might rise, sending
the pound upwards.
With the election due in Britain for around May or June, it could come just in time for the summer holidays if people haven't already booked their
But if the hope of a surge in UK visitors seems to be clutching at straws, and the British and European mainland economies are still not doing well,
there is another avenue of tourists that could see a rise in the number of people taking holidays in Menorca this summer.
The answer could be a rise in the number of Spanish people visiting Menor