Barcelona, which has expressed some doubts recently about just how much tourism to promote, has scored an all-time record for a weekend's worth of cruise ship visitors, with just under 60,000 arriving.
That includes over 26,000 on Sunday alone on four ships, including the world's-largest, Allure of the Seas.
A recent study by the University of Barcelona credits the cruise industry with passenger spending in Barcelona of almost a billion dollars, and creation of 7000 jobs. That study is cited by some to defend the industry's impact, but Barcelona's city administration, which opposes unrestricted tourism, questions the report and wants to know more about other impacts on the city.
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