Costas over-development 'puts tourists off'

4th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

4 January 2006, MADRID — Spain's major tourism companies say the over-development of the coastline is turning tourists away.

4 January 2006

MADRID — Spain's major tourism companies say the over-development of the coastline is turning tourists away.

A report by Exceltur, an association of Spanish travel agencies, said the concrete jungle along the Costas is damaging tourism in Spain's most popular holiday spots.

Exceltur is to join forces with Spanish environmental groups in the fight against the property developers along Spain's Mediterranean coast.

Their report found tourists want less chaos and more nature on their holidays, but the non-stop building suggests the opposite.

One example of increasing development was 14 of the 26 tourist areas had 19,000 beds per square kilometre, the same as Madrid, Seville or Valencia.

"Foreign tourists are staying less and less time in Spain," the report says.

"This changes coincides with the increasing rate of development and construction on the Mediterranean coast and in the Balearic and Canary Islands.

"To continue with a strategy of tourism growth based on this rhythm of construction could transform a large part of the tourist destinations in areas that are each day more urbanized but without any guarantee of the same long-term income and employment."

Exceltur is made up of major companies like Sol Melia, NH Hotels, Barcelo Hoteles, Husa Hesperia, Alsa, Avis and Viajes El Corte Ingles.

The report was compiled after questioning 10,400 tourists in the Mediterranean, Canary and Balearic regions.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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