Catalan crisis weighs on 2018 Barcelona hotel bookings | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, December 07, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, December 07, 2017

Catalan crisis weighs on 2018 Barcelona hotel bookings

Hotel reservations in Barcelona are down by 10 percent in the first quarter of 2018 over the same time last year due to Catalonia's separatist crisis, which could lead to job losses in the sector, industry lobby group Exceltur said Tuesday.

If the trend continues "tourism company heads may have to start adjusting the number of their employees to adapt to lower levels of demand," Exceltur -- which groups Spain's major hotel chains and tour operators -- said in a statement.

Hotels expect they would have to reduce their staff by an average of 8.2 percent while car rental firms predict they would shrink their payrolls by about 5.0 percent, it added.

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