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Tourism 'takes a hit' in Catalonia

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Tourism 'takes a hit' in Catalonia

<p>Catalonia is Spain’s most-visited region, but tourism figures have seen a sharp drop this month, <a href="https://www.thelocal.es/20171017/catalonia-tourism-down-15-since-independence-vote-lobby-group">according to an industry lobby group</a>.</p> <p>Exceltur trade association says the north-eastern region is suffering and local business leaders and politicians appear to agree.</p> <p>Councillor Agustí Colom told euronews: <br /> “The tourism sector is expressing its concern, there is evidence that bookings are going down.”</p> <p>Since <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2017/10/17/catalonia-crisis-five-days-that-shook-spain">the contested independence referendum</a> on October 1, Catalonia is estimated to have suffered a 15 percent decrease in visitors compared to the same period last year. Hotel and transportation reservations through to the end of December are reportedly down by around 20 percent.</p> <p>The slump could be a costly one. If the projections until the end of 2017 are confirmed, losses would top one billion euros.</p>