UPDATE 1-COVID-19 travel restrictions ravaged Spain hotel bookings in August

Travel restrictions around Europe[1] aimed at curbing coronavirus contagion ravaged Spain’s tourism industry during the crucial month of August, depriving it of millions of tourists.

The number of nights booked in Spanish[2] hotels fell 64% last month from a year ago, data from the National Statistics Institute[3] showed on Wednesday. In the first eight months of the year, hotel bookings slumped 70% from the same period in 2019.

Travel restrictions imposed by European countries during the summer, amid a resurgence of coronavirus infections in Spain[4], have hit Spanish[5] hotels hard after they emerged from a strict lockdown that had kept them shut between mid-March and late June. Hotel bookings by British[6] tourists plummeted over 91% in August, meaning the country lost about 1.1 million British[7] visitors alone, while bookings from Germany[8] were down 80%, the data showed. The Balearic islands lost 86% of their foreign tourists compared to a year earlier.

The tourism sector accounts for about 12% of the Spanish[9] economy, providing more than one job in eight. Spain[10], one of the world’s most visited countries, received more than 80 million foreign visitors each year, mainly from European countries.


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