Menorca offers more

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Throughout the pandemic, destinations around the world have been taking a look at their tourism policies to try and locate what they need to do to encourage tourists to return.

Menorca poster
How the Menorcan touist office promoted itself in the past. Now more promotions will look at the natural and outdoor world

Obviously price is a key factor for some mass-market destinations and it is an issue for those that want to kick-start tourism quickly. Sri Lanka, for example, has waived landing and parking fees as from Boxing Day for all international airlines operating to the airports in Colombo and Mattala to entice airlines to resume flights.

Others such as the Balearic Islands have decided that pushing ahead with sustainable and responsible tourism measures are the solution.

Getting on for thirty years ago Menorca was accredited by UNESCO as a as a natural biosphere reserve. In the decades since, the island has pushed forward measures to build on that, the latest being a plan to further reduce CO2 emissions.

But then you could say that reducing CO2 is an agreed EU decision.

But Menorca and the other Balearic Islands are intent on doing more. The sale of all single-use consumer plastics such as plastic cups, plates and cutlery, straws, disposable razors, lighters and coffee machine capsules will be banned from March 2021.

On Mallorca a smart tourism model is being implemented which will include creating new sustainability and quality control high-tech accreditations and implementing safety and hygiene programs and protocols.

In addition, in the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, an adapted building will become a modern and environmentally friendly mountain refuge linked to a series of hiking paths running through pine forests, vines and olive groves.

Menorca has a heritage dating back to prehistoric times and, this year, one of the sites, Cova de S’Aigu, – a burial cave – will be open to the public. Here, archaeologists have found remains from differing eras including some inscriptions from the 18th century, the time of the British occupation of Menorca.

Cova de S’Aigu is more than a cave. Visitors can see clearly defined geological features as well as a large lake.

When travel restrictions are lifted, the Balearics should prove to be as popular with British and Irish visitors as they were before the pandemic played havoc with travel plans. Now the islands, and particularly Menorca, offer more to entice us to visit.

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