Majorca introduces strict new rules for tourists

 Tuesday, March 14, 2023 


Majorca, an island in Spain implements series of strict new rules that will affect holidaymakers this year.

In 2023, and 2024, only three cruise ships will be allowed to dock at Palma’s port every day. The plans were announced at a conference in Paris where tourism leaders agreed to a “quality over quantity” approach in regard to the island’s tourism.

Palma’s port will not be able to receive more than three cruise ships per day in the next two years. The pact, which is the first of its kind in Spain, plans to reduce the number of tourists on the island while tackling environmental concerns at the same time.

Several cruise companies have signed an agreement adhering to the new rules, including MSC Cruises, Crystal Cruises, and Costa Cruises, among others.

Majorca’s Minister of Economic Model, Tourism and Labour, lago Negueruela Vázquez said that the foundations of an even more responsible tourism model have been laid and one that continues to generate wealth, addressing the specific needs of Palma.

The agreement means images, which infuriated environmental campaigners, such as five mega cruises moored on the same day in Palma, will not be repeated.

President of the Employers’ Association of Maritime Activities Entrepreneurs, Beatriz Orejudo said that Palma is one of the most demanded by European cruise passengers but as agreed between Cruise Lines International Association and the regional executive, there will be no exception days in 2023 since the shipping companies have had enough time to adapt to the new regulation.

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