Tourism in Spain can’t be abolished sans income substitution

Published on : Friday, August 11, 2017

downloadI may be the first one to pronounce that we need to change the level of importance that tourism has in our economy, but only the proportionate importance. Not abolish the industry all together. There has been a lot of
exaggeration about the meagre value which tourism contributes, that it generates low paid jobs. Well, that depends. There is a high-level tourism which generates a lot of income, apart from being associated with doing business as is the case now.

I don’t see any reason for imposing controls on private tourism rentals, apart from a fiscal one, but that’s exactly the same as in the case of any other kind of
rental income. What’s the problem and why make such a fuss? Policing, nothing more. Thanks to this kind of tourism, I was able to visit Venice for a reasonable price, because “first line” hotels on the “Gran Canale” were out of my reach.

Look at France, which is one of the most tourist-focused countries in the world, but also has huge industry with prestigious multinational companies. France is well aware of the fact that tourism gets you known, and it maintains its aura of being a beautiful country, clean and well-managed. What’s happening with tourism in Spain is yet another aspect of the anti- everything (anti-open society) ideology of the canvas sandal-shod left wing.
They don’t wear canvas sandals, but they brag about doing so.

Tourism is part of a framework of alliances with other sectors and all the prestigious brands join forces to make Spain an attractive destination. You can’t abolish tourism by force, without another sector or sectors having emerged to replace it. That there’s not much industry? That’s not the fault of tourism. Investment is determined by incentives and disincentives, and I don’t see any opposition whatsoever between tourism and other businesses.


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