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Features of Barcelona

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Barcelona Barcelona is situated on the coast of Spain making it the second most popular city within Spain. Barcelona is located near France and will take a few hours to get to Pyrenees located in France. Barcelona has a population of one point five million and Spain's population in total is forty-one million. Barcelona covers an area of one hundred and eighty seven square miles from the cost to inland. Accessibility When trying to reach Barcelona there are various ways to get there in transport terms. The main transport used to get to Barcelona is by plane, whether it being a chartered flight or a scheduled flight. Chartered flights are used as a package holiday for tourists that travel through a travel agency. Schedule flights are mainly used by businessmen who have less time to spare. Barcelona's airport is located thirteen kilometres south-west of Barcelona's centre with three terminals named A, B and C. There are a substantial amount of flights to Barcelona all over England and below are just a few for chartered flights: * British airways flies from London (Gatwick) to Barcelona * Monarch airlines flies from Manchester to Barcelona * Thomson flies from Coventry to Barcelona Flights are available for the business customer also due to Barcelona growing in the business industry. There are a few of many flights going to Barcelona shown below: * British airways flies from London (Gatwick) to Barcelona economy class * Swiss airways flies from Heathrow to Barcelona economy class * British airways flies from Newcastle to Barcelona economy class Due to the substantial amount of flights from England to Barcelona this shows that the destination is popular and will appeal to tourists going there. Business customers will be pleased due to the availability of flights to Barcelona because Barcelona is starting to take over Madrid's main role for business facilities. The Spanish government allow flights to be flown in because it will stay popular and keep its appeal. ...read more.

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Business travellers are starting to increase due to Barcelona's business facilities being improved and this will appeal more to the business traveller. Tourists are able to eat within their hotels but many tourists eat out in local restaurants to taste Barcelona's traditional food. There will be various restaurants located near the hotels to draw tourists in. This will maximise its appeal to tourists because of tourists being well preserved with its cuisine. Barcelona is famous for its fresh seafood, Paella and its fresh fruit and vegetables that will be served in local restaurants all the time. Spain also has many rich wines that attracts tourists with its variety of choice and its attractive prices. Tourists will attracted to Barcelona's rich food and this will leave a good image on Barcelona. Barcelona is starting to extend its international chain restaurants to appeal to family tourists that will like to eat something familiar. This also applies to international cuisine due to business travellers wanting to eat food from their own nation. Barcelona has a wide range of food services to appeal to the different types of tourists that they attract. Tourists will look for entertainment and the most popular in Barcelona apart from football is cycling. Cycling is seen as a big entertainment all over Spain but particularly in Barcelona due to it being a national sport but also a past time sport. Tourists will be attracted to this because they will want to fit in with Barcelona's tradition and this is one way. Another growing tradition within Barcelona is bowling and there are various venues for this. Young students that wish to see films in Barcelona are able to due to films being played in English as well as Spanish. There are many bars and nightclubs within Barcelona that will attract young people but there are more bars than nightclubs. Irish bars a common in Barcelona and will appeal to British tourists. ...read more.

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Spain is a very good example to look at in the tourism industry. This will encourage development and building programmes and will impose strict laws and regulations. Flooding an area with more development will make it appear to be a more upbeat are with its new buildings i.e. hotels and apartments. This promote the area to be a cleaner image whether it being a city or a beach area. Due to Spain being within the EU their will be agreements that will allow people to move around and also on trade. Spain are still encouraging British tourists to live their but it is still vital to take good legal advice before buying a villa there. Recently land has been reclaimed by the Spanish Authorities and there have been many villas pulled down that have left people without a home and very little money. When looking at Spain and its political factors there are various subjects that will appeal to tourists, these will either be negative or positive factors. The popularity of Spanish tourists may fall due to big issues with the Basque and Islamist terrorism. This has not yet come to Barcelona but due to Barcelona's rise in tourism may be a target for the terrorists. This will make tourists think twice about travelling to Barcelona because it may be a target for the Basque. Another problem that saw population of tourist's fall going to Barcelona was the terrorist attacks on the twin towers in New York and also in Madrid. This had a big impact on the whole of tourism due to tourists not wishing to travel. A positive political factor that saw an increase in tourism for Barcelona was the 1992 Olympic Games held in Barcelona. People watching the Olympic Games saw how lovely Barcelona was and was eager to see it for themselves. Tourists wanted to see how well Barcelona was developed and view its amazing sites. This left a positive image of Barcelona and it started to appeal to all tourists. ...read more.

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