Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy addressed t


first_imgSpanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, addressed the press on Tuesday in the wake of recent Spanish anti-tourism protests and ongoing strike action at Barcelona airport, to urge tolerance and remind citizens of the enormous benefits the country receives from tourism.Emerging from a meeting with King Felipe VI in Majorca, to discuss latest tourism figures, Mr Rajoy said:“I’m in favour of tourism, of the jobs it creates and I don’t like the radical extremists who I believe are growing in number in this country.“Tourism today employs more than 13 per cent of people who work in Spain, with more than 2.5m Spanish people working in this sector.“I call for responsibility, good judgement and common sense because this is one of the sectors which is driving the Spanish economy and we must support it and look after it.“I don’t know if we have to receive tourists with placards saying ‘Welcome Mr Tourist’, but what we can’t do is kick those people who come here to spend money.“That seems to me to be crazy.”Mr Rajoy said Spain is currently the third biggest holiday destination in the world. IMAGE: bbc.com Spaintourismtouristslast_img