AFTER the setback of the proposed airports strike,
It was announced that
It had been hoped that the main tourist countries of
This discrepancy may well widen now that the Spanish airports authority AENA are holding strikes for 22 days between April and the end of August ie the tourist season.
It is not only the western tourist market that is turning east. With
The visa “deterrent” is something that tourists association’s here in Spain feel deters visitors and there has been an as yet unsuccessful campaign over the last twenty years by the tourist industry here to central government to remove these visa restrictions for what are becoming increasingly important tourist supplier countries from outside the EU.
Benidorm in particular has been marketing itself to the far east and
In the last fifteen years
Turkey’s growth has been enormous and the proposed strikes with AENA is a clear case of shooting oneself in the foot at a most difficult time, with cancellations already being experienced as a direct result.
There remain only forty days to the official start of high season at Easter, but the negative effects of these strikes have already been felt from these cancellations that are a direct result of the strike’s prospect. The unions and AENA were due to resume negotiations this week in an effort to avert the disruptive protests.
Any settlement could not come a day to soon for Spain’s embattled tourist industry, though with privatisation a near certainty it is hard to see a quick resolution, and the more the uncertainty drags on, the worse will be the off putting effects for those tourists making the simple choice between here, and the stable alternative of Turkey.