The Spanish town of Lorca has been hit by an earthquake with the loss of at least eight lives. Thousands of local residents spent the night out of doors in the town following the 5.2 magnitude tremor early yesterday evening.
China has overtaken Spain to become the world’s third largest tourist destination, according to new figures released by the United Nations World Tourism Organization. In 2010, China enjoyed a 9.4 percent increase in arrivals to 55.7 million. Meanwhile Spain, which is still recovered from the financial crisis, experienced a 1 percent increase to 52.2 million.
Holidaymakers set to travel over Easter look likely to be spared a series of strikes by Spanish airport employees. A preliminary agreement between unions and employers has been reached, potentially averting plans for up to 22 days of industrial action.
Talks aimed at averting a series of strikes at Spanish airports have broken down, with thousands of travellers now facing delays over the Easter holidays. Initial discussions between airport authority Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea and the Spanish government failed to reach agreement earlier, with 22 days of strike action subsequently announced.
Spanish airports have returned to operating at full capacity after the government reopened airspace and forced striking air-traffic controllers to return to work. The government declared a state of alarm on Saturday, taking emergency measures after air traffic controllers staged a walk out on Friday, forcing authorities to close Spanish airspace for 18 hours and leaving thousands of passengers stranded.
Spain’s sunny costas have reported an upsurge in tourist numbers this summer as its key source markets of the UK and Germany regain their appetite for the world’s third largest tourism economy.
Following recent reports that thousands of jellyfish have made the Costa Blanca their home for the summer, leading independent travel insurance specialist, insurewithease.com, is offering holidaymakers some useful advice to help avoid jellyfish stings spoiling their break away.
Passenger fears over a potential strike by Spanish air traffic controllers have been –temporarily – allayed following a USCA announcement. However, the threat of industrial action in the post-holiday season remains, as the Spanish government battles to cut costs in the face of a spiralling deficit.
First Lady Michelle Obama and her nine-year-old daughter Sasha have arrived in Marbella for a brief holiday, White House officials have confirmed. As officials move to defuse a potential race row with the Spanish hosts, president Obama has been celebrating his birthday at home in the White House.
In a move which could cause chaos over the peak summer season, members of the Spanish Union of Air Traffic Controllers have voted to strike over proposals to reduce pay. Reports of controllers earning nearly €1m caused a scandal earlier this year, as Spain introduces austerity measures to cut the national deficit.
Spain’s World Cup victory could be just the tonic that the country’s battered tourism economy needs to return it to its glory days, according to the UNWTO.
A high-speed train has hit a group of young people crossing the tracks at Castelldefels Playa station in Spain killing at least 12. Officials confirmed a further 14 people were injured during the accident, on the outskirts of Barcelona, with three now in critical condition.