Last time Spain had 30 million visitors it was the mid Seventies, the early days of charter flights with a devalued peseta that made everything cheap as chips. ‘Spain is different’ was the tagline and, in the bold new playgrounds on the southern coasts, it really was – though the secret to their success was persuading British holidaymakers they weren’t really that different at all.
Fifty years ago a manager knew when his team clocked on and off. Now employers are using hidden cameras, GPS and RFID tags, keystroke logging and emergent technology to monitor productivity, phone calls, emails, online browsing, instant messaging, blogging, where you go for lunch and what you eat. Well, possibly not what you eat. Yet.
The Law: Or rather the laws. Illustration: Medium.com
Half of Spain has advanced to phase one of a four-phase plan to ease lockdown restrictions by July. Hoteliers can open their properties – though none of the common areas – and bars and restaurants can open a limited amount of outdoor seating. Although Madrid, Málaga, Granada, Barcelona and parts of Valencia are among the provinces and municipalities not yet cleared to advance.
Tourism is Spain’s third largest contributor to the economy, making up 12.3% of its GDP, and there is pressure to get...