I watched an old Cliff Richard film the other afternoon and as I hummed along to the rather catchy titular tune i.e. ‘Summer Holiday’ I felt somewhat depressed at the carefree nature of the film and its (then) young castRates of hospitalization, ICU admission from COVID-19 rising across Canada: Tam. Much has been said and written about the current Covid-19 situation whereupon a jail sentence might be waiting for anyone British brave enough to holiday abroad; but – I want to pass that situation by and just celebrate the concept of holidays and the holidaymaker. Remember them? Living on an island that practically invented modern tourism during the early 1960’s it is rather sad to envisage, perhaps yet another year with hardly any overseas visitors to Mallorca. Fingers crossed that this doesn’t happen – however, in this article today I want to concentrate upon the changing nature of tourism and tourists themselves, because whether we like it or not, nothing in life ever stands still and certainly not the concept of tourism and what the tourist expects from the country, island, or region that is hosting them. I tuned into a snippet of an ancient British television programme just the other day where Judith Chalmers was describing the delights of a summer holiday in a vast, concrete, seaside complex in Benidorm.
I suppose it would be easy to be snooty and to mock the attitudes of the tourists holidaying there in 1972 – but it was a fascinating reminder of how much things have changed in tourism over time – and on the other hand, just how much the basic tenets of tourism stay exactly the same as they were almost fifty years ago. Without becoming too subjective, then as now – most people visiting any part of Spain want the sun and the sea. However, at one timeThe number of COVID-19 patients in Ontario hospitals and ICUs has increased nearly 112 per cent sinc, that’s all you did expect to get… along with cheap booze and disconcertingly perhaps, something called olive-oil on your food.RELATED: German officials to discuss COVID-19 testing and flood aid at summit
More than fifty years on the social horizons of the average visitor to these shores has changed considerably. Nevertheless, it would be foolish to forget that Mr & Mrs Jones and their 2.4 children are still the mainstay of a Mallorcan summer season(such as backyard barbecues and birthday parties) are permitted for up to 50 people.. Recently all manner of recognisable sub-groups have made Mallorca their holiday venue of choice – from middle-aged empty-nesters to young people seeking a good time in the sun and late nights in bars and clubs. I can remember when Mallorca was the escape venue for British pensioners during the long winter months in cheap and cheerful hotels. Not anymore it sees – as there aren’t as many cheap and cheerful hotels willing to stay open as they once were.
I think that it is fascinating to consider why so many people are so determined to ‘holiday’ even within the confines of an international pandemic. I understand that given the uncertainties of travelling abroad, millions of Britons have been frantically booking ‘staycation’ holidays within the UK – leading to huge increases in prices and marginalising availability. Understandable perhaps, but those of us who live here in Majorca and hardly ever visit the ole-country during the summer season – dare I say that the costs involved, both in terms of hotel, B&B or Airbnb would make the average Mallorcans eyes water. I know this, because every summer for the past five years we have rented a cottage in Cornwall for our extended family and believe me it costs a small fortune – as does everything you might want to buy. From a pint in a pub to a meal in a modest restaurant via visiting a waterpark for the day – compared to Mallorca it ain’t cheap, indeed it is verging on the criminally expensiveremoveInterestedInFlag. Whatever people might say – this island still offers serious value for money.