In the face of the problems being suffered by the local construction industry, the Ajuntament has decided to suspend the issuing of licences for new hotels (article in Castilian) or the expansion of existing ones for the whole area of Ciutat Vella. In recent times, the area has benefitted from a spurt of new hotel inaugurations, mostly of three stars and above. However, the suspension of hotel licences will last for a year (although existing hotel projects will not be affected) and thus slow the expansion of the tourist accommodation sector in this historic part of Barcelona. Similar businesses such as aparthotels, pensions and short-term apartment rentals will also be affected.
Following the announcement at the start of this week that the entire maintenance department of the low-cost airline Vueling will be laid off later this year after the company's merger with Clickair, the affected workers have announced strike action for the Easter period (article in Catalan). The strike will start at 6am on Thursday 9th and last until midnight on Easter Monday. The trade union that has called for the strike, ASETMA (the Spanish Trade Union for Airline Maintenance Employees), said that they had taken the decision because of the failure of the company to respond to the union's request for a negotatiated agreement about the timing of the closure of the maintenance department.
The mayor of the Maresme town Calella has announced that he is going to fight the trend towards young British tourists visiting the town (article in Castilian) - Josep María Juhe doesn't want a repeat of incidents seen last year when around 1,600 British university students came to Calella and ended up, having taken advantage of cheap alcohol on sale, causing damages of about €15,000 to town property. Juhé announced that he will take strict measures (including fines) against the participants of this week's so-called Calellafest, organised by a company called Teamlink, which sees 1,500 Britons visit Catalunya for a combination of sporting activities and night-time parties, if he feels that their drunkenness is causing problems. Already on Monday evening (the first of Calellafest), local police received a slew of phone calls complaining about noise.