Spain Wants Her Summer Tourists Back
Having a big drop in visitor numbers in the middle of a deep and long lasting recession is understandable - losing a million of them in one year when a
good part of your economy relies on tourism could be construed as careless and more than just a little worrying.
Figures just released in Spain show it is the British who have stopped visiting Spain in the numbers they used to in recent decades, and there's not a
lot of chance of the visitors returning this year.
A double combination of the recession in the UK and people worried about losing their jobs has combined with the British currency, sterling, dropping
in value significantly against the Euro, making a trip to Spain more expensive at a time when family finances are being watched more closely than
British tourists have been discovering Egypt and Turkey have their own currencies, and holidays to both destinations are cheaper than countries who
have the Euro.
The danger for holiday destinations in Spain like Menorca is that holidaymakers who like the island and return year after year go elsewhere while their
home economy isn't performing too well - and like that new destination enough to forget about future holidays in Menorca.
Menorca has already seen tourist numbers drop over the last two years by close to fifteen per cent, and a further drop which is almost inevitable this
year could see some tourist businesses go under. Menorca is known as a quiet island - but locals don't want it to become too quiet!
The hope for Menorca and other destinations in a similar position which see a lot of British holidaymakers and have the Euro, is that the pound
recovers her strength soon. The chances of the British voting to join the Euro are small, the last opinion polls showed 78 per cent of the population
would vote against joining - and given the state of the British economy Eurozone members might not want Britain in anyway.
As well as holidaymakers, Menorca does have quite a few British people move to the island - the Menorca