Catalonia tourism boss observes 10-12 percent drop

Published on : Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Catalonia tourismAll the top tourism official of Catalonia thinks that tourism revenues in the restive Spanish region could be somewhere around 450 million euros ($520 million), lesser in the year’s final quarter following the massive attacks in August in Barcelona along with the uncertainty created by the independence referendum.

While conversing with the Associated Press at the World Travel Market in London, Mr. Patrick Torrent, executive director of the Catalan Tourism Agency, explained that the region will witness a 10-12 percent massive fall in the numbers of tourists during the fourth quarter that’s equivalent to around 450 million euros.

Torrent also said that he met with Alvaro Nadal, Spanish minister of energy, tourism and digital on Monday. Madrid is in charge of Catalonia’s tourism agency after suspending its parliament and calling December elections. Torrent mentioned that Madrid has made no requirements of him or his staff.

Belgian prosecutors explain that expelled Catalan president Carles Puigdemont will face court on Nov. 17th once again, as an investigating judge weighs his extradition to Spain.
On Monday, the Brussels prosecutor’s office said that the hearing will take place behind closed doors.

It is probably that Puigdemont along with his four associates in the former Catalan regional government will find out whether they must be extradited to Spain, where many of their colleagues have already been incarcerated.

The five will be having the right to appeal, and if they tire out, all legal avenues could remain in Belgium until early January.


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