A report commissioned by DYM Tourismo de Barcelona claims that the profile of the average tourist coming to Barcelona has changed in the last couple of years (article in Castilian, El Pais). In the last two years the group representing the highest number of travelers were those aged between 18 to 34 years traveling in groups - they accounted for 41 percent of the total in 2006 where as in 2008 their numbers fell to 24.6 percent. Whereas now the biggest group represented is couples aged between 35 and 56 years old. Joan Gaspart, the CEO of Tourismo de Barcelona said yesterday that the turning point was the first quarter of 2009 which registered a decline of 18.4 percent in the total number of tourists. However he remained optimistic about August saying "The aggressive promotions have proved successful, we can stand up to the crisis".
A total of 35,000 books in the Biblioteca de Catalunya are now available online through Google books, after launching the Catalan Llibres interface (article in Catalan, El Punt). Dolors Lamarca, the director of the Biblioteca de Catalunya points out that "the project's objective is to work to keep the culture of libraries and for that to be available to the entire world". She goes on to say that "most importantly it ensures that documents are not damaged and returned in good condition". The project is set to continue and they hope to copy over one hundred thousand books of the four million documents currently in the library. The Biblioteca de Catalunya is one of thirty libraries currently participating in the project with Google but four more libraries in the region are set to follow suit including la Biblioteca de l'Ateneu, the Seminari de Barcelona, the l'Abadia de Montserrat and the Centre Excursionista de Catalunya.
The Archbishop of Barcelona spoke out against the vandals who damaged different churches across the city. (article in Castilian, El Periodico). The group, known as La Gallinaire, were motivated by the centenary of the setmana trágica. The archbishop spoke of the right to free religion and reminded that it was a part of the constitution. He stated that the right to free religion is "an integrated element in an authentic democratic society." Some twenty churches in various areas were vandalised and the Mossos d'Esquarda are launching an investigation. The group were acting in the spirit the popular uprising that began on July 26th in 1909 and ended in the burning of several churches ending in 78 deaths.
Also in the news: Between 60,000 and 65,000 Barça fans turned out to greet their newest team recruit Zlatan Ibrahimovic, more than double the amount of fans who turned out for Henry or Ronaldinho (El Periodico)