Catalonia tourism slumps due to political unrest

Published on : Tuesday, October 31, 2017

catThere has been a dramatic slump in forward bookings from international market as compared to the same time last year revealed market analysts ForwardKeys.

 

 

Visitors are not willing to visit Catalonia due to the ongoing political unrest. The flight bookings has gone down to 22 % in October.

 

The Catalan government had last week declared that Catalonia was now an independent state separated from Spain.

 

 

However, it was noted that the Spanish government rebuked and tried to take direct control of the region. It further went on threatening separatist politicians with jail.

 

Several strikes, civil disobedience along with thousands of Catalans backing independence took to streets.

 

 

The visitors were warned by the UK’s  Foreign and Commonwealth Office to remain cautious if there were caught up in demonstrations as chances were they might have turned violent.

 

In 2016 it was reported that Barcelona  is the biggest  tourism destination in Spain having over 18 million international visitors.

 

 

Oliver Jager, chief executive of ForwardKeys said that there might be a further decline in bookings due to the political unrest. Currently there is a collapse of 22% in international flight bookings for Catalonia.

 

Other parts of Spain will also get affected. In case of further political crisis there will be great concerns faced by the travel and tourism industry which represents over 14 % of Spain’s GDP

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