Barcelona passes law to control excessive pressures of tourism

Published on : Friday, August 18, 2017

indexBarcelona has become the latest European city to be hit by terror, with tourists pouring in hordes from all across the globe. Home to 1.6m inhabitants, the number of residents in Barcelona is dwarfed by the hordes of tourists that descend on the city every year. Threatened by excessive tourist numbers, the authorities passed a law to crack down on tourism.


Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau laid out number of measures aimed at deterring swarms of tourists when she unveiled her Strategic Plan for Tourism 2020. These included introducing a tax for tourist operators providing day-trips to the city for visitors who do not stay overnight, hiking parking rates and limiting the number of Segways and electric scooters permitted in the more congested parts of the city. Holiday apartments with the highest property tax rates were also part of such measures.


Barcelona is a favorite with British holidaymakers, with visitors young and old drawn to its sunny beaches, buzzing nightlife and historic landmarks. It is largely due to the Olympics that Barcelona became one of the world’s leading tourist destinations.


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