Published On: Tue, Aug 8th, 2017

'We MUST assist tourism' Spanish PM calls for holidaymakers welcomed amid airport protests

Mr Rajoy spoke as his nation confronted a wave of anti-tourist protests and travel chaos at airports.

Left-wing anti-tourism groups have targeted Barcelona and Majorca this summer season – attacking an open-top bus and setting off smoke flares exterior a restaurant.

The protestors declare the tourism business is destroying cities, driving up rents and forcing out the younger.

In the meantime airport employees demanding pay rises are threatening three months of strikes that might carry journey nightmares for hundreds of thousands of Brits.

Mr Rajoy branded the anti-tourist demonstrators “radical extremists” and mentioned: “I don’t know if we’ve got to obtain vacationers with placards saying welcome Mr Vacationer, however what we are able to’t do is kick these individuals who come right here to spend cash.

“That appears to me to be loopy.”

Mr Rajoy mentioned that Spain was the third greatest vacation vacation spot on the planet, including: “Tourism right this moment employs greater than 13 per cent of people that work in Spain, with greater than 2.5m Spanish individuals working on this sector.

“I name for accountability, good judgement and customary sense as a result of this is without doubt one of the sectors which is driving the Spanish economic system and we should assist it and take care of it.

“I’m in favour of tourism, of the roles it creates and I don’t like the novel extremists who I consider are rising in quantity on this nation.”

Mr Rajoy was chatting with journalists after assembly with King Felipe VI in Majorca, a gathering during which the prime minister knowledgeable the monarch of the newest tourism figures.

Final month 4 masked males attacked a vacationer bus in Barcelona, slashing its tyres and daubing graffiti throughout its home windows.

Some holidaymakers mentioned they initially feared they had been being attacked by terrorists.

The protesters daubed the phrases “Tourism Kills Neighbourhoods” in Catalan throughout the windscreen, and precipitated injury estimated at £1,600.

The protesters had been from the group Arran, a youth organisation affiliated to the left-wing CUP celebration, which campaigns for independence in Catalonia.

The group has since posted a video of its members vandalising rental bikes in Barcelona.

Members of the group additionally protested in Palma, Majorca, setting off flares and throwing confetti over holidaymakers eating in a seafront restaurant.

They held placards studying “Tourism kills Majorca” and later tweeted: “Let’s cease the mass tourism which is destroying Majorca, and condemns the employees of the Catalan international locations to distress.”

Three months in the past protesters threw eggs and paint at two resorts, complaining concerning the development of tourism within the Poblenou neighbourhood of Barcelona.

There have additionally been demonstrations across the metropolis’s well-known Sagrada Familia basilica.

Holidaymakers are dealing with contemporary vacation chaos as unions representing airport employees yesterday/on Monday threatened 4 months of strikes.

The CCOO, UGT and USO unions are demanding pay will increase. They’re threatening 25 days of strikes between now and the tip of the 12 months if their calls for aren’t met.

The strike days might be timed to coincide with peak journey together with the Christmas vacation season.

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