Israeli tourists in Barcelona drop due to unrest caused by Catalan referendum

 Wednesday, November 1, 2017 


Israeli tourists in BarcelonaThe unrest caused by the Catalan referendum for independence on October 1 and Catalonia’s subsequent declaration of independence, has actually resulted in drop in Israeli tourists.


This October saw a sharp drop in the number of Israelis traveling to Barcelona. There was a 36% drop in Israeli searches for holidays in Barcelona, and a 23% drop in the numbers of vacations in the Catalan capital booked by Israelis, in comparison to last year’s numbers.
Barcelona’s popularity has dropped from 4th place last year to 8th place this year.


Bucharest had climbed to first place with regard to popular destinations, climbing up from 5th place during this same period last year. London has also gained popularity, rising from 6th place last year to 4th place this year.


Tamar Gerzon, CEO of Travelist said, “From the data, we can learn that the Israeli passengers are following the demonstrations in Barcelona and take no risks. From our review, we saw a 36% drop in vacations in Barcelona compared with last year. One can also see that the capital of Catalonia, which is known as one of the most popular destinations among Israelis, fell in its popularity ranking from 4th to 8th place this year, compared with the same period last year.”


On Sunday, dozens of demonstrators wrapped in Spanish flags were seen making Nazi salutes and clashing with police as they protested in Barcelona with hundreds of thousands of people who are against Catalonia’s independence.

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