THERE were 30,000 less people employed in the tourism sector this summer across the Valencian Community, according to figures just released. There are concerns about these numbers, as one of the key benefits of tourism to the region is higher employment. However although most of Valencia had a fair to good summer for tourist numbers, the sector employed 270,000 people in high season this year compared to 300,000 in 2016.
The Community is the only Spanish tourist region to show a drop and the reasons are unclear. The figures show that while the number of self-employed remains steady, the drop is almost all in employees. One theory is that many businesses have merely decided to approach the summer without significant hiring and see if they can manage. If they did, and there is no reduction in return travellers due to this, then this trend may continue next year.