Spain’s booming tourism sector becoming unsustainable?

Published on : Thursday, October 20, 2016

spains-booming-tourismThanks to the tourism sector’s good performance in Spain, 23.189.171 passengers passed through Spanish airports in September which is a rise in 10.3% compared to the same period last year. The latest figures were released by Spanish airports’ manager AENA.


Increases were recorded at some of the airports with more links to tourism like Malaga (+15.9%), Alicante (+18.0%) and Gran Canaria (+16.4%).


This is the 32 consecutive month showing increases in the number of passengers using Aena’s network, and the annual rise is once again over 10%.


Further, if predictions are to be relied on then Spain will record eight million more international tourists in 2016 compared to a year earlier, when there was a record number of 68 million. Simultaneously, tourist spending will be 6.7 billion euros more than last year’s total of 67.383 billion euros.


Tourism contributes 12% to Spain’s tourism industry and generates over 2 million jobs. At the same time, there are enough reasons to believe that there are regions and areas where, depending on the months, the pressure from tourism is unsustainable.


People who live in these areas, and even the tourists themselves in places like the Balearic Islands, the Levante region or Barcelona, consider that this widespread increase in tourism is “a growing problem.”


The need is to improve the industry’s policies and discover how to diversify the sector’s seasonality and increase the length of the average stay.

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