Will Spain suffer tourism backlash post Brexit?

Published on : Thursday, January 11, 2018

SpainOfficials from the Spanish region of Andalusia, which borders Gibraltar, have raised fear that thousands of Spanish citizens working in Spain might be affected by Brexit, specially those workers who travel across the border each day.



According to a report by the EU’s Committee of the Regions, “58.7 per cent of Spanish workers in Gibraltar will be affected” by migration changes once Britain leaves the bloc.



Despite a series of anti-tourism protests last summer, Spain receives the highest number of its tourists from Britain each year which is close to some 12 million. Alexander Goransson, lead analyst and tourism specialist at Euromonitor alarmed that a drop in the UK tourists number could pose a serious risk to Spanish businesses which rely on British holidaymakers. To go by figures, tourism expenditure to Spain reached £50billion (€55billion) in 2016 of which about £12.7billion (€14billion) came from the UK tourists, making about 26% of the revenue.




Meanwhile Mário Sérgio Quaresma Marques, an official from UK holiday hotspot of Madeira, wrote that the government of the autonomous region of Portugal “strongly recommends using European and other financial mechanisms, at regional and local level, to help offset the consequences for the outermost regions, as most of them and their municipalities will be affected by the UK’s departure from the EU.”



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