The economic crisis seems to have caused many problems in many economic sectors in Europe. It seems that almost no country or sector has been completely immune from the impact.
Certainly the paths of tourists have changed. Even though the costs to stay in some countries, such as Greece, have dropped considerably, the stories in the news of foreigners being attacked seem to have put off some visitors.
Countries such as Spain have seen a reverse in their economy, with many areas impacted, such as tourism and property. Many hope that 2014 and 2015 will prove to be positive years.
Of course, every cloud has a silver lining. It seems that in other parts of the EU, some budget locations are doing quite well. An economic downturn does not mean no trade, it just means less trade. And in a more globalised world, one nation is competing with another for tourist spending.
The tiny island chain of Malta seems to be bucking the trend and has barely been impacted, luckily. A popular local hotel chain (details here) has shown growth and been a great example of what can happen. They are fortunate to specialise in a part of the market where price shoppers are common, but still, they employ and create jobs which is what every economy needs.