Holidaymakers flock to Spain

spainThe number of tourists coming to Spain so far this year is increasing, albeit slowly, after a fall of two years caused by the global financial crisis. The recent crisis in northern Africa, where Egypt and Tunisia are the major holiday destinations, has also provided an unexpected boost Spanish tourism. The industry is forecasting that occupancy rates will increase by 12% this summer compared to last year, based on bookings made to date. Ramon Estalella, secretary general of the Confederation of Spanish hotels “, the Spanish Confederation of Hotels and Tourist Accommodation (CEHAT), told The Guardian he believes that about two thirds of this increase is due to tourists canceled their trips to North Africa and opting for more secure – and familiar – Spain.

The problem for Maple souvenir shops that tourists do not come to places like Madrid, but in the coastal stations in the country, mainly the Canary Islands. “Cultural tourism is different. People can live without Prat, but not the beach,” he says. Trade began to plummet in August and although it has recovered somewhat this year, things are bad, he says.

A stone’s throw from its place in the busy Plaza de Canovas del Castillo, José María Sánchez, director of the Toledo Art Objects, a large art and craft shop, tells a different story. He is much more optimistic about business, which he says has been fueled recently by many more people who visit Madrid Spanish in day trips or weekend, thanks to new high-speed rail lines connecting the capital, the last one on the Madrid-Valencia, which opened its doors in December.

The tourism sector generates about 11% of Spain’s GDP and employs 2 million people, 11.3% of the workforce in a country where official unemployment rate is 20%. A record 58 million tourists came to Spain in 2007, but fell by almost 10% next year and the numbers have yet to recover.

Tourism is even more vital to the economy of the islands of Spain. In 2006, tourism accounted for 31.8% of the economy of the Canary Islands – including Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote – and 34% of all jobs, according to Exceltur umbrella trade association . But in 2009 the industry was reduced by one tenth. Nearly 50,000 people – one sixth of those employed by the tourism industry does not – lost their jobs, contributing to unemployment on the islands of almost 28%, the highest in Spain. The number of British tourists – who account for 37% of total foreign visitors in the islands – fell by 15% in 2009 as the downturn in the country, the stronger euro and more expensive to travel by plane put out. Ricardo Fernandez de la Puente, Vice Minister of Tourism in the Canary Islands, admits: “The crisis ruined our economy is dependent on tourists has been very difficult for our businesses and companies, but we started to see a recovery … The second half of last year. ”

In February, the number of foreign tourists increased by 13.5% over last year, representing about a third of all trips to Spain. But the kind of tourism is also changing. More tourists are traveling independently, and not tours. Is a change that Gonzalo Ceballos Watling, director of development and sustainability in Tourspain government agency, welcome. The agency is the promotion of active holidays such as riding in Spain, especially in coastal and island stations. “Nobody is going to reject the package tour, but we believe we have to go to a higher segment of tourists not only in the economic capacity of tourists, but also the tourist experience We are trying to offer a different kind of tourism – . not only rests on the beach. ”

The tourism industry does not expect a return to boom times soon. Between 2006 and 2008 the number of hotel rooms in Spain increased by a quarter of a construction boom out of time. He left the industry with an average occupancy rate last year to only 60%. As a result, Ramón Estalella of CEHAT says many hotels can not raise prices, even the numbers pick up. “So there’s a lot of cannibalism in prices and benefits offered to customers,” he says.

However, the tourism industry in Spain seems to be over the worst. Tourspain says no thanks to the EU, who offered to rescue the affected manufacturers, like General Motors Europe during the economic crisis but were less willing to help the tourism industry in Spain. As Watling says: “They [Brussels] while ensuring financial support for the construction of cars and why not more for us tourism is not seen as a first class or industry sector?”. His counterpart, Álvaro Blanco Volmer, director of planning and coordination, said: “Many people think that tourism is developed by itself just because the sun shines.”

Pitinga Beach

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Located in the District of Porto Seguro, and very close to Arraial Ajuda, Pitinga Beach is certainly one of the most beautiful beaches in the state of Bahia, which means, one of the best beaches in Brazil. In front of the beach is a big mountain, full of green vegetation, which gives the idea as he is swimming to be in a lost paradise. There are many natural pools Pitinga, and you can swim there while colorful fishes swim around the bather.

The beach has an infrastructure, and even to access it you have to walk quite by sand, which can hinder the passage of seniors. Anyway, you can do ahead of time.

HOTELS AND FLIGHTS

It is advisable to book your accommodation before you come because you will not find good hotels in the beach Pitinga, although inns and lodges excellent, which strongly interact with nature.

The best way to reach the beach is Pitinga fly to the city of Porto Seguro, provided that there are connections from their home country. If not, the connection will be via Sao Paulo, Recife and Rio de Janeiro and from there to Porto Seguro. Varig Airlines, Gol and Tam economic offer flights.

Archangel Somerset Hotel

Here is a fantastic owners – and the architect – have adopted a new approach: it has left the building to talk.

The Angel Inn was in a particularly terrible. Despite its long history, dating back to the Domesday Book, it had become a very attractive pub, where he had been a while since love had been lavished. In fact, when the new owner was Simon Waterfield in the months after it had closed suddenly, he found beer in pint glasses and even ashtrays cigarettes. The regulars who have moved to another location, although it is difficult to know where, with bars at the close of the Great Britain at 50 per week in those days.

Simon changed the name of the Archangel and began placing the restoration. Think medieval modern. Taylor springs architect has retained the old beams and walls and put in the program, retaining its sheen and leaving them largely unadorned speak eloquently for themselves. This is especially true in the restaurant and the barn, which has a mezzanine and a suspended glass “cube”, which holds a private dining table close to the transverse beams in the rows of “candles” (actually power) seem to burn and dripping wax.

Lighting everywhere, by Bruce Munro – the wonderful shower of light in the cathedral of Salisbury – is an imaginative wonder. Renaissance paintings of angels have been deployed around as extravagant wallpaper, and glass and steel, zinc and slate, leather and copper have been used to create a rustic style that feels lux is the case , as the decision to preserve the medieval narrow path that bisects the building across the back. Step length with slate floor gives out, no stables, but two living rooms, reception area and excellent toilet facilities, each with its own particularly impressive angel roof floor.

Togo

Once considered the pearl of West Africa for its quiet beaches, exotic markets and friendly people, Togo was overwhelmed by the unrest and human rights abuses in the 1990s. Unfortunately, the saga continues. When the despotic President Gnassingbe Eyadema died in February 2005, and his son Faure Gnassingbe came to power, hundreds of people died in street battles and thousands of people fled the country. But with the new president gradually make the Togolese population is a good time to review small mountain landscape of Togo, diverse cultures, the dishes of yam-based soccer team qualified for the 2006 World Cup .

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Lomé, the capital, is one of the most beautiful cities in West Africa, with great Blvd du 13 Janvier sweeping the beach and in the heart of a city obscene, crowded nightclubs. To the east, beyond the tourist resorts on Lake Togo and the Atlantic beaches, colonial charm exudes Aneha sinking, and has a fetish market. Voodoo is also practiced through Togoville lake, a fishing village with fetishes on the streets.

Inside, Kpalimé is the gateway to the triangle of coffee and cocoa, ruined palaces, butterflies and mountain villages are hidden in the woods. Northern cities are attractively Sokodé and Kara slowly taking points in rural Africa, with the road between them passes through national icon, the decision Aledjo. About Kara, centuries-old culture and traditions can be seen in the houses of adobe famous fortress in the valley of Tamberma and weekly markets in the region Kabye.

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Lomé, was once a city that said it was the Paris of West Africa, and is easy to see the appeal was in its heyday. There are still real charm to its wide boulevards, palm-fringed beaches, craft markets and nightlife full-on.