Tourism in Barcelona is an important source of income for many companies. What had been mere conjecture until now, has now been confirmed by an exhaustive study commissioned by the trade association “Barcelona Oberta” which correlates numbers with the economic impact of tourists' purchases in the city.
There is a new trend in tourism in France, a trend towards the “authentic”, a trend towards rediscovering nature and a slower pace of life. Equestrian tourism in France is in full swing at the moment.
Chinese tourists in Germany spend on average 513 euros per day in Munich, which is more than the Arab visitors (367 euros), according to a recent survey by the Bavarian Trade Association. Visitors from China do not look for luxury goods only, but also cover medium-sized shops and department stores.
Tourism in Morocco reported positive numbers for January. The number of tourists increased by 10% (to 652,000 visitors) compared to the same period in 2016, according to the Moroccan Tourism Observatory.
The Portuguese government wants to take full advantage of the recent euphoria that tourism has been experiencing and set new and even more ambitious goals – to achieve a growth of 4% on an annual basis by 2017.
An ever-increasing number of European cities or regions are applying tourist taxes to travelers who stay overnight in their lodgings, albeit with large differences in the amount charged depending on the tourist destinations.
Ukraine has been going through a political crisis in the past years. But despite general instability and conflicts, the country hopes in recovery. According to Ukraine’s Vice Prime Minister, as well as the Minister of Economy, Stepan Kubiv, 13.6 million foreigner tourists visited the country in 2016. Kubiv is optimistic about the future and expects better numbers for tourism in Ukraine.
Alpine winter tourism is one of Austria’s most important economic sectors, but it is also one of the largest drivers of natural disasters in the countries’ mountainous landscapes.
The global cruise market has been growing exponentially, especially in the past year. The number of Europeans cruising in Europe increased by 3.4 percent in 2016 despite the geopolitical challenges experienced in Germany, UK and Ireland.
The Federal Republic remains in demand of domestic tourists. Terrorist attacks seem to have no negative impact on visitor numbers. However, German cities have to deal with various issues.