Crisis in Spain affects Tourism.

According to latest reports Spanish holiday hotspots and resorts are in crisis amid a drought.
The drought in the European Union holiday destination is the worst for 200 years and is affecting Catalonia, including Barcelona, which has imposed emergency restrictions and rules.

Tourists in Barcelona this Easter holiday were met with large signs in English reading: “Drought alert. During your stay, save water”, according to Reuters news agency.
Water management expert, David Saurí, a geographer at the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, told Euronews the situation for farmers has been “critical” for some time.

The expert added: “Tourism is not what we would call the ‘bad guy’ of the movie… but there are lots of ‘bad guys’ and lots of ‘good guys.’ Not all tourism is the same.” One tour guide told the Telegraph: “When my parents were young they would jump from the roof of the local school into snow drifts 15 metres deep.

“Nowadays we’re lucky to get a metre.” A farmer added:. “Our potato harvest is a third of what we normally get. Tomatoes are down too, and – for the first time in 23 years – our oil and wine production stands at zero.”

He went on: “It’s not only droughts that are going to become more frequent and severe, but also intense rainfall. It’s highly likely that we’re going to see torrential rain after this drought, and if it falls on bare earth the erosion will be catastrophic. It will wash away all the fertile soil.”
“It’s the first time our well has gone dry in over 13 years,” said a resident in Seville. “We are having to completely redesign our garden to make it more drought resilient. We’ve changed our vegetable garden to a fruit orchard, and we recycle the greywater from the washing machines by filtering it through three ponds.”
“Tourism is Spain’s major industry,” a hotel manager told the newspaper when approached last month. “The wealth that it generates goes towards developing sustainable technology, such as desalination plants, which will also benefit the local population.”

“Tourists have always done their bit,” he added. “In small ways. They no longer demand their towels are washed or their sheets changed on a daily basis. They use the right buttons when flushing the loo. They take shorter showers. In general, people are happy to be sensible on holiday, and to help their hosts out.”