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Tourism in Spain (summary 2011)

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    • What is tourism like in Spain? Spain is one of the most important tourist destinations in the world. And tourism is one of Spain’s main economic activities: it makes up 10.5% of Spain’s GDP and employs over 12% of the workforce. The negative aspect is that jobs in the tourist industry are seasonal –this means people work in tourism for few months during the year because most tourists come during the summer There are several elements that attract tourists to Spain. Physical attractions include climate, natural landscapes (mountains, valleys, national parks, beaches, volcanoes Among human attractions, Spain offers food, flamenco, bullfighting, cities, museums, festivities . Traditionally, coastal tourism was the most popular type of holiday. But recently winter, rural and cultural tourism provide significant benefits. The Costa del Sol is the most southerly of Spain’s main tourist coasts. In summer, it is more usual to hear English being spoken than it is Spanish. Why has this become such an important tourist region? Climate: summers are hot, sunny and dry; winters are mild Landscape: there are long stretches of sandy beaches along the warm Mediterranean Sea. Inland landscapes Accommodation: high density low-priced, high-rise hotels and apartments along the coasts; camping accommodation Nightlife and shopping: restaurants, cafes, bars, shops, nightclubs Activities: activities linked to the sea: watersports and sailing; golf Changes in tourism and to the environment Tourists demand amenities to make their visit more pleasant and comfortable (e.g. hotels, car parks, marinas) and activities to fill their leisure time (e.g. water sports, nightclubs). As more amenities are added, the environment which first attracted people to these areas either deteriorates or becomes overcrowded. Tourists will therefore look for alternative places to visit where the environment is not modified. This is happening on Spanish coasts.
    • Activities 1) Complete the map with factors attracting tourists to Spain. Then, underline the physical and human factors using different colours.
    • 2) Study the pictures and complete the activities below: Look at the two pictures of Benidorm above. How has it changed over time? Put these sentences into the correct column in the table  Tourist resorts are very noisy  Lots of extra water is needed for swimming pools and showers etc. and so farmers do not have enough water  More Jobs in The Tourist Industry  Small villages are turned into large towns and lose their character  More taxes for the Government  There is more entertainment for people who live in the area Positive effects Social (people) Economic (money) Negative effects Social (people) Economic (Money)