Barcelona's nightlife suffers a decrease of up to 35% of customers due to taxi drivers strike
Many clients choose not to go out due to the impossibility of returning to their homes or the hotels late at night
According to information gathered from its partners in Barcelona by members of Spain Nightlife, association member of the International Nightlife Association), Barcelona's nightlife venues have suffered, due to the strike of taxi drivers, a decrease in customers of between 20% and 35% depending on the area of the city, bringing total average to 30%. In the area of the Paseo Marítimo the decline is around 30% and in the heights area around 35%. This is very bad news for the sector because it is high season and the damage is considerable. In other areas the decrease is less due to proximity to metro stations but still the minimum figure is 20%.
Mr Salva Vilanova , President of Spain Nightlife in Barcelona and director of the well-known Sala Apolo mentioned: "We need an put an end to this conflict as soon as possible since it is doing a terrible damage to the tourism sector of the city and all of their businesses together with nightlife". He also called for an urgent solution to the problem and has warned that people decide not to come to Barcelona and adding "In high season we cannot afford to lose a single client ". Then Mr.Vilanova explains: "The places that have suffered less are those having a nearby metro station as this service starts at 5 am and many customers can return at that time to their his houses or hotels, still the decline also applies to restaurants since customers don’t go out to dinner because they do not want to go back so late, and the most affected areas are the heights and the Paseo Marítimo ".
In the same line, Mr.Joaquim Boadas, Secretary General of Spain Nightlife and International Nightlife Association, has called for a quick solution to the conflict, stating that "Our local partners cannot afford such a sharp decrease in their number of clients, especially in high season and they hired more staff than ever to provide the service quality the visitor deserves, along with the associated high costs this implies. There are venues in the heights of Barcelona as Otto Zutz or Nuba who are suffering a decline of 35% in attendants". The employer’s representative has warned that "if the conflict persists, the locals will be forced to cut staff and this will lead to an increase in unemployment.It should be noted that, when the conflict ends, the situation will not going to stabilize again after a few weeks so it is mandatory that this problem is solved urgently or you can lose the whole season".
The director of Spain Nightlife, Mr. David López, who in turn is president of the Maritime Front Association of Barceloneta (AFM), the busiest area of Europe with in nightlife venues that open 365 days a year and where there are restaurants and nightlife venues of notable prestige such as Pacha Barcelona, Shöko, Carpe Diem Lounge Club, IceBar Barcelona, Bestial, Opium Mar and Agua had alerted of the seriousness of the situation and has claimed the parties in litigation, in the same line as Vilanova and Boadas, a quick solution to the conflict. The director of Spain Nightlife has warned that "without mobility Barcelona loses its main economic driver, which is tourism and with it we have a lose/lose situation ". Mr.López added: "an area of restoration and nightlife of the prestigious area of the promenade of Barceloneta, an area that constitutes a tourist attraction of the first class that has even been recently recognized with international distinctions in nightlife and provides work to more than 1000 people, cannot afford to lose 30% of customers, as this puts at risk the continuity of hundreds of jobs, occupied mainly by young people between 18 and 25 years old, the age group most punished by unemployment, so it would be very bad news that our businessmen were forced to start reducing their staff".
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