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Departing IBTM delegates faced trash strewn airport

Cleaning staff staged strike action against proposed budget cuts

Pictured: Barcelona's El-Prat airport departures hall.

Thousands of delegates leaving the IBTM World conference last week through Barcelona’s international airport were greeted by apocalyptic scenes inside the departures hall. 

Strike action by the airport’s cleaning and sanitation workers, in protest of budget cuts by airport operator AENA, left bins overflowing and toilets and washrooms uncleaned.

As delegates took to Twitter to voice their shock and disgust at the mountains of trash that quickly accumulated over the 2 day strike some people saw beauty among the squalor.

Petra Stusek @spetra tweeted, ‘Sunny side of the strike, it looks like a party!’

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