Barcelona hotel turnover dropped 20 per cent last month thanks to ‘tourismphobia’

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BARCELONA hotels lost 20 per cent of their income in August, with owners blaming the rise in “tourismphobia.”

Hoteliers in Barcelona are calling for urgent action amid fears that the Spanish city is losing its tourist identity.

They say this is because of the negative international publicity caused by various attacks and demonstrations, including holiday coaches being held up by protesters.

Jordi Clos, president of the Barcelona Hotels’ Association, has likened the present situation to “a cold which needs curing before it becomes pneumonia.”

Hotel groups are horrified that the turnover of hotels in the city fell by 20 per cent during one of their peak months, with the luxury establishments being the worst hit.

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