Drought vs. tourism in Spain; Hotel Association says we can’t scare the tourists away by not filling our pools that would affect our economy

Drought-in-Barcelona Tourists are seen next to a sign at Sagrada Familia Basilica alerting them of severe drought in Spain's northeastern region and urging them to save water due to low reservoir levels, as Catalonia declares state of emergency, in Barcelona, Spain, March 14, 2024. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Matthew 24:7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.

Important Takeaways:

  • Ahead of Easter rush, officials say drought must not put off Barcelona tourists
  • Tourists arriving at Barcelona’s airport or gazing at its iconic Sagrada Familia basilica will this Easter holiday be met with large signs in English that read: “Drought alert. During your stay, save water”.
  • Reservoir levels are only around 15% of their capacity, prompting curbs on water use by residents, visitors, agriculture and industry. Beach showers are shut and swimming pools cannot be filled with tap water, among other restrictions.
  • Catalan officials have appealed for tourists to act responsibly, but are also adamant the drought should not put them off coming to the Spanish city and region most-visited by foreigners, where tourism accounts for 14.5% of the local economy.
  • Barcelona’s hotel association warned in February the city could not afford to project an image abroad of hotels with empty pools. Hotels’ lobbying prompted the authorities to relax a total ban on filling pools, allowing desalinated water to be used instead.

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