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Ryanair's Vice President Michael Cawley presenting the new routes from Girona (by T. Parada)

10 January 2012 10:03 PM

Ryanair to open 19 new routes from the Girona Airport after an agreement is reached with the Catalan Government

The Irish low cost airline, Ryanair, has announced it will transport 3 million passengers through the Girona-Costa Brava Airport, where it will operate a total of 59 routes. Ryanair’s Vice President, Michael Cawley, explained that after a long...
The Val d'Aran County received many skiers (by M. Lluvich)

09 January 2012 10:57 PM

Ski resorts and holiday cottages in Catalonia experience a quiet Christmas season

Hoteliers around Catalonia faced a difficult Christmas tourist season with occupancy rates that were below 50% in some areas. The only exceptions could be found in areas where snow attracted skiers, such as Val d’Aran and adjacent counties. In...
An office from Catalonia's Public Employment Service (SOC) in Barcelona (by O. Campuzano)

03 January 2012 09:04 PM

Unemployment in Catalonia falls in December, but increased by 9.17% in 2011

At the end of 2011 there were 614,244 people registered as unemployed in Catalonia, 9.17% more than a year ago. However, unemployment dropped in December by 1,425 people, after it stabilised in November, leaving September and October as the worst...
Cars exhibited at Barcelona's 'Saló de l'Automòbil' (by Fira de Barcelona)

02 January 2012 10:29 PM

Car registrations in Catalonia fell by 18.3% in 2011

Car sales drastically decreased last year, with the only exception being luxury vehicles. Less than 120,000 cars were sold in Catalonia, a figure similar to that of 1993. In Spain as a whole, car sales fell by 17.7%.
A cruise ship in Barcelona (by ACN)

29 December 2011 01:45 AM

A Catalan company wins the contract to manage Singapore’s new cruise ship terminal

The current authority of five cruise ship terminals at the Port of Barcelona will manage the Asian terminal from 2012. The new Singapore terminal will handle the biggest cruises in Southeast Asia, with ships up to 300 metres long and with a...
The Catalan government is reducing its deficit (by ACN)

28 December 2011 01:32 PM

Catalan deficit cut by 6.9% in November

Despite a 4.6% reduction in revenue, the Finance Department has been able to cut spending by €283 million when compared to 2010. The government had a deficit of €3.798 billion in the eleventh month of the year, equivalent to 1.9% of GDP. The...
Clothing's prices increased by 5.4% last November (by ACN)

14 December 2011 09:19 PM

Annual inflation in Catalonia drops to 3% in November

Prices have increased by 3% over the past 12 months. This represents a fall in the annual inflation rate compared to that registered in October (3.1%). In Spain as a whole, November’s annual inflation rate was set at 2.9%. The decrease in the...
The banking sector needs €26.17 billion in funds to meet European standards (by ACN)

13 December 2011 11:21 AM

Spanish Banking sector needs €26.17 billion in funds to meet European standards

Catalan CaixaBank (La Caixa's private bank) will need €630 million while Banco Santander will be the bank with the highest capital requirement with €15.3 billion euros. The European Bank Authority (EBA) has tightened the core capital...
The ski sector has suffered for the lack of snow (by ACN)

13 December 2011 11:13 AM

Hope for a last minute recovery before the end of the year after poor results during the Puríssima holidays

Discouraging hotel occupancy rates and low commercial trade during this year’s Puríssima holiday clearly display the effects of the financial crisis in Catalonia and the whole of Spain. The Catalan tourism sector senses that a change has taken...
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