Spain anxious about tourism future after summer boom

Published on : Monday, October 24, 2016

spainSpain is worrying about its tourism future now after experiencing a thriving summer season. The summer of 2016 proved wonderful for Spanish tourism with an influx of tourists due to other popular destinations hit by recent terror attacks and tourists fleeing such places for their safety. Lower interest rates and petrol prices along with unrest in other Mediterranean countries benefited the coastal regions of Spain, famous for their sun and beaches. According to Spanish tourism, these good times for Spain would not last forever and would be volatile. In 2016, Spain saw a 10% rise in the number of tourists compared to last year, the maximum number of them coming from Britain.

In 2015, Spain was ranked the third most popular tourist destination in the world after France and the United States. But concerns are building up fast. Business tourism has dropped due to political uncertainty and tourists are not spending as much as last year and have turned thrifty. Tourists are now more careful about spending money, arriving in low-cost airlines and opting for alternative rentals like Airbnb, which is concerning hoteliers. Popular spots like Barcelona and Balearic Islands have reached saturation points and also caused environmental problems. Moreover, influx of tourists in the country’s beaches is also threatening a fragile ecosystem made of dunes and aquatic plants. Spain is also aiming to attract more Asian tourists and shift tourists’ attention to other areas apart from ‘sun and beach’ model.

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