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The authorities of Barcelona are going to get rid of the “excess” of tourists

Власти Барселоны намерены избавиться от "лишних" туристовIt is anticipated that the city will no longer build hotels and to issue licenses to tourist sites.

The authorities of Barcelona are planning to take on Friday, January 27, the law relating to hotels and other accommodation facilities in the Spanish city. New rules should limit the influx of tourists.

The law introduces a moratorium on construction of hotels in the Catalan capital. However, it will not affect hotels, which already began to build at the moment. The new rules also suspend the issuance of licenses for tourist accommodation facilities. In addition, limit the number offered by hotels and other similar institutions places for travelers.

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In 2016 in Barcelona visited by about 32 million tourists, about half of them stayed overnight. The Spanish population of the city is about 1.6 million people.

The increase flow of guests causes frustration for many local residents. On Saturday, January 21, the city held a protest. Its members were opposed to too low, in their opinion, salaries in the tourism sector of Barcelona.

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Representatives of the local travel industry criticized the new law. According to experts, it demonizes tourists and a blow to the already weakened economy of Barcelona.

Currently in the Spanish city, there are about 75 thousand beds in hotels and about 50 thousand other legally operating units. Still the same number of places that offer illegal establishments.

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