Holidaying in Catalonia

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Will holidaymakers be put off holidaying on the Costa Brava?

The recent news stories about Catalonia seem to have had an impact on British tourists booking holidays there.

According to a company called Forwardkeys which analyses flight bookings on a daily basis, the number of bookings in October up until October 25th is 22% down compared to the same period last year. Other tracking companies and hotel chains have noted a downturn in interest as well.

Two weeks ago, according to a story in  the Guardian, bookings were down by 15% suggesting that the decline is continuing,

There could be any number of reasons for this other than the political events in Catalonia such as the decline of sterling against the euro, the campaign by residents to reduce the high levels of tourists in Barcelona and better deals from other tourist destinations. Nonetheless, the size of the drop is large and almost certainly is due in some part to the independence campaign.

It is unlikely that numbers will rise until the general election is over and done with in early December. In the meantime it would seem that numbers holidaying in the Costa Brava, Costa Daurada and Barcelona itself will stay muted. If the elections give a majority to those parties pushing for independence then I would expect the attraction of the area will be limited until a long term solution is finalised. If those who want to remain part of Spain prevail then holiday numbers will be likely to pick up.

But should you holiday there in the meantime?

There seems absolutely no reason why not. Those holidaying in Port Aventura, Girona, Blanes, Lloret de Mar, Salou, Tarragona, Cambrils or anywhere outside Barcelona should have no problems. At the moment, the only problem tourists might face in Barcelona is getting caught up in demonstrations.

Only this morning we received a press release from the Federation of Hostelry and Tourism in Tarragona promoting the Costa Daurada for Christmas and New Year breaks. They hope that business will be as normal. Only after the December elections will holidaymakers know what the future holds.

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