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Spain's tourism rocked by bomb blast

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Tourism to the Spanish island of Majorca, renowned for its beachside resorts, is expected to suffer following last Thursday's bomb blasts that killed two policemen. Authorities suspect that Basque separatists conducted the attacks, as approximately 400,000 tourists holidayed on the island during its peak season. Already affected by the global economic downturn and competition from cheaper destinations such as Tunisia, Majorca is likely to experience further decline in popularity. "We don't deny that this attack has shaken the sector," said Pedro Iriondo, head of the Association of Travel Agents in the Balearics Islands, fearing that coverage by British and German press has damaged regional tourism. However, Spanish embassies have contacted the British and German governments to stave off fears in their two main source markets. Deputy Prime Minister Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega said the media would not affect tourism: "The people who visit here know that our tourist infrastructure is secure." Eighty percent of the gross domestic product of the Balearic Islands - Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera - is derived directly or indirectly from tourism.

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