Articles tagged “spain”

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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

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.

1 year 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.

1 year 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.

1 year 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.

1 year 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.

1 year 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 years 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.

2 years 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 years 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 years 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 years ago

Documentary: Barcelona and the Trials of 21st Century Overtourism

Documentary: Barcelona and the Trials of 21st Century Overtourism

Samantha Shankman, Skift

We’re excited to go deep into one of the more pressing issues in travel today in our first ever original short film.

2 years ago