Articles tagged “barcelona”

How Terrazas Show the Stark Contrast Between Madrid and Barcelona on Reopening

How Terrazas Show the Stark Contrast Between Madrid and Barcelona on Reopening

Stephen Burgen and Sam Jones , The Guardian

This staple of Spanish life, sitting and relaxing at a terraza, underscores the complexities of reopening to tourists.

5 months ago

Barcelona’s Residents Discover a City Without Tourists as Lockdown Loosens

Barcelona’s Residents Discover a City Without Tourists as Lockdown Loosens

Stephen Burgen, The Guardian

For years, outnumbered Barcelona residents have had a contentious relationship with tourists. One describes what it's like to inhabit the city now that they're all gone.

5 months ago

Airbnb Slump Means European Cities Can Try to Retake Control of Apartments

Airbnb Slump Means European Cities Can Try to Retake Control of Apartments

Jon Henley, Stephen Burgen and Rory Carroll, The Guardian

Short-term rental hosts are turning to traditional apartment rentals during the coronavirus crisis, but no one knows how they will react when tourists eventually return.

5 months ago

Europe’s Tourism Fallout From the Mobile World Congress Cancellation

Europe’s Tourism Fallout From the Mobile World Congress Cancellation

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Canceling a major event like Mobile World Congress will undoubtedly have a huge impact on the tourism industry. The question is whether the organizations that decided to cancel the event will provide any assistance to affected businesses.

8 months ago

Barcelona Is Great, But Might it Be Even Better Traveling Alone?

Barcelona Is Great, But Might it Be Even Better Traveling Alone?

Courtney Bonnell, Associated Press

Solo travel is on the rise — and for good reason. Traveling to a city like Barcelona alone is not only possible, it's perhaps even more engaging alone than with a group. Here is one traveler's tips.

11 months ago

Boutique Hotel Brands Rethink Grand Opening Events to Loop in Community

Boutique Hotel Brands Rethink Grand Opening Events to Loop in Community

Samantha Shankman, Skift

Boutique brands are discovering that creating splashy grand openings is a way to build buzz while creating community connections. Expect more investment in these one-time celebrations.

1 year ago

With Summer Tourism Comes a Spike in Crime in Barcelona

With Summer Tourism Comes a Spike in Crime in Barcelona

Joseph Wilson, Associated Press

Tourists are often the target of petty crime, but the situation in Barcelona seems to be escalating.

1 year ago

Barcelona’s Recent Openings Give It a Fresh High-End Twist

Barcelona’s Recent Openings Give It a Fresh High-End Twist

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Barcelona is still an incredibly popular city, but hotels need to offer something different and fresh if they are to make their mark on the hospitality landscape.

1 year ago

Barcelona Openings Underline a Luxury Market in Transition

Barcelona Openings Underline a Luxury Market in Transition

Samantha Shankman, Skift

Sophisticated serenity is the best way to describe luxury hospitality in the Catalan capital where troubles including sky-high petty crime rates, legality surrounding Airbnb, and political tensions bubble under the surface. For a city once considered the coolest in Europe, its development is useful to watch for other cities just now entering their gilded age of tourism.

1 year ago

European Cities Turn to EU for Help in Battle Against Airbnb

European Cities Turn to EU for Help in Battle Against Airbnb

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Until Airbnb becomes more forthcoming about the information in its listings, which would enable cities to enforce their local regulations, the company will continue to face opposition from municipalities that want to limit its growth.

1 year ago

Luxury Hotels Want to Make You Feel Culturally Relevant

Luxury Hotels Want to Make You Feel Culturally Relevant

Samantha Shankman, Skift

Luxury is no longer defined by pristine interiors and personalized service but limited knowledge-based access, distinct cultural experiences, and curated, specific references. Luxury hotels opening the doors to those experiences set themselves apart for future generations of affluent travelers.

2 years ago

Europe Working on New Tourism Brand Positioning: Value Not Volume

Europe Working on New Tourism Brand Positioning: Value Not Volume

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Europe is so popular as a tourist destination that it doesn't really need any help growing numbers. A move to concentrate on value is a sensible approach and one that will hopefully see the benefits spread to lesser-known destinations.

2 years ago