There is a scene in the 2003 movie "Under The Tuscan Sun" that I now can identify as the moment...Read more
In June 2015 the IMF raised its growth forecast for Spain for the second time in three months and predicted 3.1% expansion the year, double the Eurozone average of 1.5%. In the first half of 2015 exports were up 4.9% on 2014, to an all-time record high of US$134.40 million (125.12 million euros), 70% to other EU countries and 30% outside the EU. At the end of 2014, business starts-ups were at a six-year high of 120,000.
And tourism, a fundamental building block of the Spanish economy, has recovered all the losses of the downturn and forged ahead to new record levels. Tourism is an important factor in the property market—the great majority of foreign property owners in Spain start out as tourists.
So how is tourism today, compared to pre-crash? In 2013 Spain broke through the 60-million-visitor barrier and became the third-most-visited country in the world, behind France and the United States. It maintained this ranking in 2014 with 65 million foreign visitors. The total revenue from Spain’s travel and tourism sector in 2014 was US$214 billion, representing 15.2% of the GDP and accounting for 15.3% of national employment. Both these percentages are higher today than in the previous peak year of 2007. Tourism from the United States to Spain rose 25% in summer 2015, no doubt helped by a stronger U.S. dollar.
The naturist community dates back to the turn of the 20th century in some countries and has always attracted people with an easygoing, free-spirited mentality. Although the idea of nudism is as old as Adam and Eve, its values seem more modern than ever. Movements against body shaming and toward acceptance of all people are catching on worldwide. These principles have been part of the nudist community from its inception. Humorists might joke that the sort of people who visit...Read more