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International Cycling Congress 6-8 February 2014 , Palma de Mallorca, Spain

CYCLING AS A TOURIST OFFER IN MALLORCA Xisco Lliteras, Iberostar Playa de Muro


The beginnings (1986)

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Analysis of the current market

• Typology of customers

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Average age

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Gender

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Socioeconomic status

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Country of origin and special features


Analysis of the current market

• Economic impact of cycle tourism -

Lack of a rigorous quantitative study

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120,000 cycle tourists/year

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+ - 840,000 stays/year

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Economic impact of more than 100 M â‚Ź

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Analysis of the current market

• Special features of the economic impact -

Positive effect during the low season

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Economic impact spread all over the island

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Type of tourism that favors environmental sustainability

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% of the profit goes to foreign enterprises (hiring of personnel at the origin)

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Strengths of Mallorca as a destination for cyclists • Climate

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Strengths of Mallorca as a destination for cyclists • Secondary road network

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Strengths of Mallorca as a destination for cyclists • Geographical location

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Strengths of Mallorca as a destination for cyclists • International airport

• Air Berlin Hub

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Strengths of Mallorca as a destination for cyclists • Orography


Strengths of Mallorca as a destination for cyclists • Cycling tradition

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Strengths of Mallorca as a destination for cyclists

• Tourism enterprises -

Iberostar

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Melià

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Barceló

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Globalia

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Etc.  Offer also in the low season

• Complementary offers

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Strengths of Mallorca as a destination for cyclists • New sporting event for the reference target customer ďƒ˜ Mallorca 312

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Strengths of the product ‘cycle tourism’

• Increase in the practice of sports. • Increase in the practice of outdoor sports. • Increase in the practice of cycling. • Exponential increase in the practice of cycling in the UK. • Increase in the practice of cycling amongst people with higher incomes. • Establishment of “training camps”. • Establishment of a 2nd holiday period in Germanic countries.

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Strengths of the product ‘cycle tourism’

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Strengths of the product ‘cycle tourism’

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Why target UK cyclists? • £2.1 billion - worth of UK cycling market 2010 • 3.7m bikes sold in the UK in 2010 • 1.3m new cyclists in the UK in 2010 • Government ride to work schemes

• Rise in number of events • Olympic legacy • Congestion • Health benefits Figures from the LSE (supported by Sky/British Cycling) report 2011 “The British Cycling Economy” – Gross Cycling Product Report Xisco Lliteras, Iberostar Playa de Muro


Weaknesses of Mallorca as a destination for cyclists • Lack of impetus and coordination in transversal policies.

- Roads - Environment - Tourism

- DGT - Sports - Cycling Federation of the Balearic Islands - Tour operators - Enterprises for sports services - Bike shops

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Weaknesses of Mallorca as a destination for cyclists • Loss of the MTB market. Lack of legal certainty. • Problems of road safety. • Bad interaction in the private sector. -

Tour operators, sports tourism, hotels…

• Weak (and wrong?) tourism promotion. • Fairs vs. Events. -

Local events as part of the tourism product

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Routes and promotional contents

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Fun trips and press trips

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I International Forum for Tourism and Sports + Fair

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Tools to improve tourism destinations

• Permanent committee for cyclists’ road safety: - Direcció Insular d’Esports. CIM. - Direcció Insular de Carreteres. CIM. - DGT. - Guardia Civil. - Direcció General d’Interior. Balearic Government. - Regional radio and TV. IB3. - Cycling Federation of the Balearic Islands.

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Tools to improve tourism destinations

• Strategic board on cycle tourism. Agència de Turisme de les Illes Balears. Balearic Government: -

Agència de Turisme de les Illes Balears.

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Balearic Government.

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Consell de Mallorca. Economic promotion.

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Chamber of Commerce.

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FEHM.

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Foment del Turisme.

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Cycling Federation of the Balearic Islands.

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Challenges for the future of the sports tourism

SECTOR

Hotels

MANAGMENT AREA PRODUCT AREA PROMOTION AREA

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Travel agencies

Sports services

Spanish tour operators

All tour operators

Administration


More information Xisco Lliteras Sport Events Manager. Iberostar Playa de Muro Director Mallorca312 Tel. 647 348 862 twitter.com/XiscoLliteras

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