Articles tagged “barcelona”

Spain’s Catalonia Region May Declare Independence Within a Week

Spain’s Catalonia Region May Declare Independence Within a Week

Esteban Duarte and Maria Tadeo, Bloomberg

One of Spain’s most popular tourism destinations is undergoing some very radical growing pains. The response of its central government has been deplorable, which makes the coming months uncertain.

2 weeks ago

Spain Attacks Won’t Adversely Impact European Travel Market, Says TUI CEO

Spain Attacks Won’t Adversely Impact European Travel Market, Says TUI CEO

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

Tragedies happen and people keep on traveling because — as an IAC/Expedia official put it soon after 9/11 — without travel there is no life. TUI and other tour operators are optimistic about their forecasts.

2 months ago

Travel This Week: Will Airbnb Block Hotel Surge Pricing for Solar Eclipse?

Travel This Week: Will Airbnb Block Hotel Surge Pricing for Solar Eclipse?

Sean O'Neill and Dennis Schaal, Skift

Hotels used to be nearly the only game in town for accommodations during high-demand occasions, and they could charge whatever the market would bear. They can still charge guests whatever the market will bear but the question is whether companies such as Airbnb are changing the market and pricing dynamics.

2 months ago

Airline Stock Weakness After Attacks in Spain Is a Buying Opportunity, Cowen Analyst Says

Airline Stock Weakness After Attacks in Spain Is a Buying Opportunity, Cowen Analyst Says

Associated Press

Travel and transportation-related stocks often dip after a crisis but when travelers return, so do share prices.

2 months ago

Tourists and Locals Return to Barcelona’s Las Ramblas After Attack

Tourists and Locals Return to Barcelona’s Las Ramblas After Attack

Albert Stumm, Associated Press

During a summer in which we all asked if Barcelona was broken, the city’s response to a terrifying event argues loudly that it is as resilient as ever.

2 months ago

Van Plows Into Crowd in Barcelona Tourism Area, 13 Dead

Van Plows Into Crowd in Barcelona Tourism Area, 13 Dead

Associated Press

The area was crowded with Barcelona residents and tourists at the time of the incident. Thirteen are confirmed dead and the death toll is likely to mount.

2 months ago

Barcelona Is Trying to Come to Terms With Its Overtourism Problem

Barcelona Is Trying to Come to Terms With Its Overtourism Problem

Charles Penty and Maria Tadeo, Bloomberg

The backlash against tourism in Barcelona is building. Authorities in the city are trying to quell the anger by bringing in certain restrictions but at the moment it doesn’t seem to be working.

2 months ago

Summer of Overtourism: 4 Lessons for the Travel Industry

Summer of Overtourism: 4 Lessons for the Travel Industry

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Destinations around the world need to wake up and realize that social problems related to tourism aren't going to solve themselves.

2 months ago

Overtourism Issues Can No Longer Be Brushed Aside as Someone Else’s Problem

Overtourism Issues Can No Longer Be Brushed Aside as Someone Else’s Problem

Wouter Geerts, Euromonitor

After a couple of years bubbling below the surface, the overtourism concept has broken into mainstream public consciousness this summer. Tourist boards and travel companies can no longer deny its existence; there is an urgent need for these groups to work with destinations to ensure a better balance.

2 months ago

Travel This Week — What to Expect: Virtuoso Will Tout Pivotal Role of Travel Agents

Travel This Week — What to Expect: Virtuoso Will Tout Pivotal Role of Travel Agents

Dennis Schaal, Skift

It's only a segment of the U.S. population that has a go-to travel agent for trip planning, although they are more popular in other parts of the world. Virtuoso is trying to equip its members with the smarts to adapt to the evolving traveler, and you have to give Virtuoso credit for that.

2 months ago

Barcelona Residents Mount Beach Protest Against Overtourism

Barcelona Residents Mount Beach Protest Against Overtourism

Associated Press

The protests in Barcelona have escalated from peaceful demonstrations to rental bikes getting sabotaged and more. The tourism industry at its highest levels is going to have to address overtourism and sustainability or this festering issue will reach crisis proportions.

2 months ago

Barcelona Airport Staff Resumes Strikes and Schedules More

Barcelona Airport Staff Resumes Strikes and Schedules More

Associated Press

Whether it is overtourism or airport strikes, Barcelona is now the center of the travel universe.

2 months ago