“There Are No More Hotel Beds At All”: Sweden’s Tourism Industry Collapses As Resorts Become Refugee Centers

“German joblessness was unchanged in March, snapping a run of five consecutive declines, in a sign that Europe’s largest economy may be struggling to absorb a wave of refugees,” Bloomberg wrote, earlier today, adding  that “Germany admitted more than 1 million migrants in 2015 alone [which] increased the pool of potential workers.”A new report from Berlin’s labor agency suggests that it will likely be years before the country experiences any benefit from the migration wave. “It can be expected that the labor supply will expand because of migration and the number of unemployed refugees will rise,” as it will take time for migrants to master the language and obtain the qualifications they’ll need to join the labor force.

Meanwhile, in Sweden, the toursim industry is being choked off by the migrant flows. According to SvD Naringsliv, the Swedish Migration Board’s move to transform tourist facilities into asylum centers means they’ll be no more room for vacationers – literally.

In some municipalities, there will be no hotel beds at all,” Lena Larsson, CEO at Smaland Tourism said. Here’s more (Google translated):

Another example can be found on the west coast. There, says Lars-Eric Fields, president of Södra Bohuslän tourism, the impact on summer tourism is likely to be so big that you have to take stock of the range of partners throughout western Sweden. According Fields also affected touristic prime locations, which Socialite House “Batellet” on the island of Marstrand and city hotel in Lysekil which are both refugee accommodations in the summer.

Another sample can be collected by Vänern. Where does the Migration Board’s shops to tourist nights in the spa town Lundsbrunn replaced by 870 asylum places, which admittedly can quickly raise the plant’s own turnover to about SEK 100 million per year, but which also affects the district’s normal tourism. Clearly, fewer tourist beds provide less surface for ancillary tourism – for example from Tarnaby mountain village reported that the chairlift can no longer be operated for lack of tourist beds.

So there you have it, folks. An industry that brings in around $32 billion per year (and that doesn’t count the $12 billion tourists spend on food, entertainment, and transportation) is about to disappear entirely thanks to the housing needs of Mid-East migrants.

And here is the final insult: Sweden’s toursim industry employs around 160,000 people. The number of refugees Sweden took in from the Mid-East in 2015 was… drumroll… 160,000.

Full article: “There Are No More Hotel Beds At All”: Sweden’s Tourism Industry Collapses As Resorts Become Refugee Centers (Zero Hedge)

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