Articles tagged “spain”

Spain Overtakes a Struggling U.S. as World’s Second Favorite Tourist Destination

Spain Overtakes a Struggling U.S. as World’s Second Favorite Tourist Destination

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Despite facing plenty of challenges, Spain saw a healthy growth in international tourists in 2017. But this year is likely to be tougher because of Barcelona's troubles and with places like Turkey regaining some of their popularity.

4 days ago

Tourists Avoid Catalonia During Separatist Crisis

Tourists Avoid Catalonia During Separatist Crisis

Ainhoa Goyeneche and Maria Tadeo, Bloomberg

Political turmoil is certainly one way to drive away tourists. One has to suspect that visitors will return to Spain's most popular city once the crisis is resolved.

2 months ago

Spain Plans to Shield Its Tourism Industry From Brexit Disruption

Spain Plans to Shield Its Tourism Industry From Brexit Disruption

Charles Penty and Esteban Duarte, Bloomberg

Spain's reliance on UK tourists shows just how interconnected Europe's economies are. Brexit threatens to undo all of this. It makes total sense for countries to start preparing for a worst-case scenario.

2 months ago

Catalonia Tourism Forecasts $520 Million Drop in Visitor Revenue

Catalonia Tourism Forecasts $520 Million Drop in Visitor Revenue

Associated Press

Madrid, not Barcelona, now controls Catalonia tourism. There are no big changes so far, although visitor revenue is expected to plunge, at least in the short term.

2 months ago

Tourism Is the Biggest Loser So Far in Spain-Catalonia Standoff

Tourism Is the Biggest Loser So Far in Spain-Catalonia Standoff

Ciaran Giles, Associated Press

If Catalonia's goal is to create as much chaos as possible for the Madrid government, then tourism may increasingly get caught in the crossfire.

3 months ago

Spain Fires Defiant Catalonia Leaders as Europe Awaits a Confrontation

Spain Fires Defiant Catalonia Leaders as Europe Awaits a Confrontation

Aritz Parra, Associated Press

Will there be massive civil disobedience in Catalonia? Will the Spanish government use force? Will local police put down their arms? These are some of the issues looming as Spain attempts to assert control in an independence-minded Catalonia.

3 months ago

Tourism Powerhouse Catalonia Declares Independence From Spain

Tourism Powerhouse Catalonia Declares Independence From Spain

Maria Tadeo, Esteban Duarte and Rodrigo Orihuela, Bloomberg

Catalonia is concerned about self-determination and independence. That's the news: Its independence declaration and the Spanish government ramping up to intervene. Still, it's our job to look at the tourism ramifications, and the confrontation between Madrid and Barcelona poses a huge question mark about the region's fate.

3 months ago

Catalonia’s Bid for Independence Is Complicating Tourism in Spain

Catalonia’s Bid for Independence Is Complicating Tourism in Spain

Patrick Whyte, Skift

A prolonged period of uncertainty over Catalonia's future does nobody any favors. The region and the city of Barcelona have endured a difficult 2017 and it will be interesting to see if this has any impact on tourism in 2018.

3 months ago

Pressure Mounts as Catalonia Mulls Secession From Spain

Pressure Mounts as Catalonia Mulls Secession From Spain

Aritz Parra, Associated Press

The specter of reduced tourism is being used to put pressure on Catalonian leadership as it figures out what to do about declaring independence from Spain and, therefore, the European Union.

3 months ago

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.

4 months 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.

5 months ago

Spanish Tourism Is a Lot Bigger Than Barcelona and Will Bounce Back Soon

Spanish Tourism Is a Lot Bigger Than Barcelona and Will Bounce Back Soon

Thomas Seal, Christopher Jasper and Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

Human beings are adaptable animals and traveler behavior — for better or worse — may be shifting toward getting somewhat used to attacks in Europe, and proceeding with trips anyway especially when the attacks may impact particular cities rather than entire countries.

5 months ago