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Published on : Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Spain saw a 10 percent increase in the number of tourists from 2015, in the first eight months of the year, with the Brits in the lead.
But now Spain sees dark clouds on the horizon. Tourists on average have been spending less compared to last year as they stay for shorter periods of time. Also, business tourism has dropped due to political uncertainty in a country that has been without a fully-functioning government for 10 months after two inconclusive elections.
Another downturn is the environmental problems posed as popular destinations such as Barcelona and the Balearic Islands reached saturation point.
This summer, dirty water found its way into the island’s northern Albufera natural park as purifiers at a nearby resort’s plant stopped working correctly.
Margalida Ramis of Majorca’s GOB environmental group said the island’s infrastructure was not able to handle “the effects of the summer.”
The number of regulated tourist accommodations has risen 1.6 percent, while rentals through platforms such as Airbnb have jumped 75 percent. Ramis called for a limitation on unregulated tourism rentals.