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Published on : Friday, August 18, 2017
Locals showed gratitude to Edgar Torras when he started organizing tours of Barcelona and attracting tourists to the city. After seventeen long years, they pelted these visitors with eggs. To add to it, the city has limited its routes to avoid congestion in the historic center.
“Suddenly we seem to be the enemy,” said Torras, founder of Barcelona Segway Glides.
It’s becoming almost a regular affair that’s not mentioned in any guidebooks. Now, visitors are more often seen as a trouble rather than godsend in terms of economy, followed by a repercussion gradually building in Barcelona and other popular spots. In July, few masked youths had attacked a tourist bus in Barcelona followed by a protest against tourists in the Basque resort of San Sebastian on Thursday.
As Spain is one of the biggest tourist destinations in the world after France and the U.S., the Spanish government is pretty concerned at the unrest which might weaken that position. More than 13 percent of all jobs in Spain are provided by the tourism sector.
According to analysts at CaixaBank SA, the total number of international visitors will grow 12 percent this year which would be a record of 84 million. “It’s one of the sectors that is most driving our economy today and we have to look after it and support it,” Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said this month. “If people come here it is because they like Spain.”