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Catalonia sees visitor numbers drop
December 01, 2017
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Madrid: Visitor numbers to Catalonia plunged in October as the region’s separatist crisis came to a head, while arrivals in Spain overall rose that month though at a much slower pace, official data showed Thursday.

Catalonia, whose capital Barcelona is one of Europe’s most visited cities, welcomed 1.49 million foreign visitors last month, a 4.7 per cent decline compared with the same time last year, figures released by national statistics institute INE showed.

The northeastern region held a banned independence referendum on October 1 which was marred by violence and followed by massive street demonstrations.

Just before the referendum several countries, including Germany, France and the United States, warned their citizens to be careful if they travelled to Catalonia and airlines allowed passengers on flights to Barcelona to change their tickets.

By comparison Catalonia, whose Costa Brava beaches help make it the Spanish region that most attracts foreign visitors, had posted a 2.7 per cent rise in visitor numbers in October 2016.

All other major holiday destinations in Spain saw a jump in arrivals in October which helped visitor numbers to the entire country rise by 1.8 per cent to 7.3 million over the same month last year.


Catalonia was rocked in August by a extremist attack in Barcelona and a nearby seaside resort that left 16 dead but visitor numbers to the region still rose that month by 2.3 per cent, and were up by 4.0 per cent in Spain overall.

The number of foreign visitors to Spain hit a new record in 2016 − 75.6 million − for a fourth consecutive year, helped by security concerns in some other Mediterranean holiday destinations such as Turkey and Tunisia.

Still Catalonia remained Spain’s most visited region in October, accounting for 20.5 per cent of all foreign arrivals, followed by the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands.

Last year 18 million foreigners visited Catalonia, about a quarter of the total number of arrivals to Spain, the world’s third most visited country after France and the United States.

Agence France-Presse

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