EntreHub News Brief: "Spain an economy of two halves and Smurfs??"
Spain has been hit hard over the last few years with one of the highest unemployment rates in the world as a result of the global financial crisis. Caught off guard, its banks needed a significant amount of reform and its on;y just recovering. However, news out today suggests that the tourism sector might have its recovery impacted by a fall in Russia's currency as more and more Russian's decide to wait the sanctions out at home - of course we are talking about the luxury and those big spending Russian billionaires who might not have as much money as they once used to! That's okay though because Spain is going to have something for the tourism industry has and it's the worlds first Smurfs theme park! The Spanish city of Lleida is set to become home to a Smurf theme park, a project that will create 200 jobs in the region. The project dedicated to the little blue characters known as 'pitufos' in Spanish will have set-up fees of €47 million ($57.8 million), Lleida's town hall said on Thursday. Expected revenues will be €14 million in the first year - that's right, Smurf theme park. Just goes to show when the Russian's stop coming at least the Smurfs turn up!
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