Popular Spanish holiday resort loved by Brits labelled as 'half empty'

Concern sparks as Spanish holiday hotspot 'half empty' just days following anti-tourist protests
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A Spanish tourist destination popular with Brits that's usually busy by the start of June has been labelled 'half empty' by worried business owners. Magaluf - one of Majorca's busiest resorts - has seen a massive drop in numbers compared to typical years.

Photographs taken on May 27 showed deserted sunbeds on the town's usually packed beaches, alongside rows of unoccupied tables outside the bars. It comes just days after protesters marched through Palma, Majorca's capital, pleading with the government to take 'immediate measures' to address the island's housing crisis and overcrowding caused by tourists.

The concerns were first reported in the local newspaper, Majorca Daily Bulletin, which said the town was 'unusually quiet', claiming it to be 'half empty, if that'. The article states that there was some disquiet among business owners about the lack of tourists, while others insisted it was still busy at the weekends, reports the Manchester Evening News.

One bar owner suggested that anti-tourism protesters' 'wishes had been granted', with the start of the peak holiday season in June now just days away. After thousands of people gathered in Palma on Saturday, organisers of the demonstration warned that they would continue to take to the streets until the Balearic government takes action, as BirminghamLive mentioned.

One of the organisers, Javier Barbero, told the publication: "This has only just begun. If the reality is denied and still no measures are taken, we will take to the streets until they act." He added that the group was not 'saying no to tourism' but added: "We have to rethink the tourism model."

Protesters have called for the local authority to limit the rise in rental prices in the area - something that the Balearic president, Marga Prohens, has said she will not do. They also want the government to introduce a new rule, stating that anyone buying a property in Majorca must have first lived in the area for at least five years.

Tourism generates 45 per cent of the islands' income, according to data from Exceltur. The protests have convinced some Brits to boycott the area, with one regular visitor writing online: "They should be careful what they wish for." Another tourist wrote: "Stop going to Spain for 12 months and they will be begging us to come back."

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