Holidays in Spain: Pollution costs a popular resort area money because visitors avoid it.
A WELL-KNOWN Spanish resort area is losing money.
This is due to the obnoxious pollution.
According to a new study, the tourist area in Mar Menor loses money every night due to pollution.
Every cubic millimetre of chlorophyll found in the lagoon waters reduces the cost of a holiday around Mar Menor by one euro (83p) per night.
Every negative social media comment cost it another £1.54 per night.
The ‘Smaller Sea,’ or Mar Menor, is Spain’s largest saltwater lagoon, located near sunny Cartagena.
Tourists used to flock to the areas surrounding Mar Menor to take advantage of the lagoon’s clear and safe waters.
However, due to pollution, the state of the Mar Menor has deteriorated significantly in recent years.
Due to the polluted water conditions, all of the Mar Menor beaches lost their Blue Flag status in 2017.
Thousands of dead fish have washed up on the lagoon’s shores in two major environmental incidents since 2019.
Intensive farming in the surrounding areas is thought to have contributed to the pollution.
Fertilizer chemicals have depleted the water’s oxygen supply and wiped out many of the lagoon’s inhabitants.
The state of Mar Menor is costing the region’s tourism industry, according to a new study by Ricardo Teruel of the Polytechnic University of Cartagena.
Each milligram of chlorophyll in the Mar Menor reduces holiday prices by one euro (83p) per night, according to Teruel.
He also discovered that negative social media comments about the lagoon caused prices to drop by nearly 1.84 euros (£1.54) per night.
The areas closest to the lagoon and without access to the Mediterranean sea were the most affected.
“The price effect is even more pronounced in accommodations outside of La Manga, where guests have the option of bathing in the Mediterranean (sea”),” Teruel said.
The water reportedly turned green in August 2021 after five tonnes of dead fish washed up on the Mar Menor’s shores.
The stench was so bad that regional officials had to close eight beaches because of it, according to onlookers.
Due to its pleasant climate and numerous amenities, the area around Mar Menor was once very popular among British expats.
“With hindsight, I wouldn’t buy in this area again,” one expat said on an expat forum.
“Several years ago, the entire Mar Menor was stripped of its blue flag status.
There’s no trace of it.
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