Articles tagged “spain”

Europe Travel Giants TUI and Thomas Cook Still Searching for Brexit Answers

Europe Travel Giants TUI and Thomas Cook Still Searching for Brexit Answers

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Travel companies and those destinations that rely on UK tourists may want as little as possible to change after Brexit. The problem is that the ultimate decision is out of their hands.

1 month ago

What a Month of Bicycle Rides Through Valencia Reveals about Authenticity in Tourism

What a Month of Bicycle Rides Through Valencia Reveals about Authenticity in Tourism

Rebecca Stone, Skift

For all its imperfections, Valencia still has its spirit and a sense of authenticity that other destinations have lost in some ways in the age of overtourism. As the city fights to maintain equilibrium, it has a unique opportunity to set an example via the proper management of tourism. Don't put doors in the field. Set up bike lanes instead.

5 months ago

Spain’s Barcelo Eyes HNA’s Stake in NH Hotels

Spain’s Barcelo Eyes HNA’s Stake in NH Hotels

Vinicy Chan and Manuel Baigorri, Bloomberg

Despite having an offer turned down earlier this year, Barcelo still appears keen on NH Hotels. Buying a minority stake would likely be the first step to consolidation within the Spanish hotel sector.

6 months ago

Gibraltar Airport Could Be Jointly Managed by Spain In Post-Brexit Overture

Gibraltar Airport Could Be Jointly Managed by Spain In Post-Brexit Overture

Esteban Duarte, Bloomberg

This airport and rail expansion could really help visitation to Gibraltar, but will that be enough if Gibraltar ends up having to leave the European Union because of its ties to the UK?

9 months ago

Overtourism Countermeasures Include Limits on Cruise Ships and Short-Term Rentals

Overtourism Countermeasures Include Limits on Cruise Ships and Short-Term Rentals

Patrick Whyte, Skift

We've been talking about overtourism for a while now and it's good to see cities getting more creative when it comes to managing numbers. Visitors are going to keep coming to the likes of Barcelona, Dubrovnik, and Amsterdam, and therefore these places are going to have to get smarter about managing the flow of people, whether they already live there or not.

9 months ago

Post-Brexit Gibraltar Wants to Retain Ties to the European Union After the UK Leaves

Post-Brexit Gibraltar Wants to Retain Ties to the European Union After the UK Leaves

Esteban Duarte, Bloomberg

Spain and the UK may have been fighting over Gibraltar for ages, but Brexit need not produce a clear winner and loser. Gibraltar wants to keep its ties to the UK without breaking up with the EU.

9 months ago

Thomas Cook Looks to Turkey and Egypt to Ease Its Pain in Spain

Thomas Cook Looks to Turkey and Egypt to Ease Its Pain in Spain

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Spain's popularity among UK tourists has not dwindled. Thomas Cook will be hoping demand to higher-margin destinations such as Turkey continues to grow or else it faces an expensive summer.

10 months ago

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.

11 months 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.

1 year 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.

1 year 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.

1 year 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.

1 year ago