By Ron Howells • 06 June 2021 • 7:52
Balearics to get responsibility for their coasts. Image: Pixabay
Trying To Hire A Car In Spain’s Mallorca Just Got A Whole Lot Harder.
As tourism makes a slow return to the Island of Mallorca so does the demand for rental cars. The problem is there are now not enough to satisfy demand with some rental companies complaining prices have shot up three or four times for a new car, according to Aevab.(The Balearic Islands Car Rental Association)
In the last 14 days, around 3,000 hire cars have been shipped over to Mallorca, with the president of the Baleval association of vehicle-hire firms in the Balearics, Antoni Masferrer, saying that the situation has changed from one of uncertainty to reactivation in the space of less than a month.
However, the problem remains for the car-hire businesses and that is that there aren’t the cars on the market. Shipments are being made, but it is believed that they won’t be sufficient to cover all the demand.
The president of Aevab, Ramón Reus, agrees that there has been a change over the past fortnight. Nevertheless, “we will be 50% below a normal tourism season in terms of the level of turnover”.
Manufacturers, he adds, are not attending to the requests of the Mallorcan car-hire sector. This is because there aren’t enough new cars. Come July, and he anticipates that there will be a particular problem as there will be that many more tourists than at present.
The shortage of cars has meant that prices have shot up. In some cases, they are up by three to four times what they were before the pandemic decimated the industry.
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
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