Holidays in 2017 could be disrupted by anarchist groups who want to drive holidaymakers from Spain
Holiday hotspots like Mallorca and Ibiza are set to limit the number of holidaymakers to the islands as locals clash with visitors.
The number of beds sold to tourists will now be CAPPED at a combined 623,624 on the popular islands of Mallorca and Ibiza as boozy British groups are accused of causing mayhem around coastal towns.
New plans will cut that number to 120,000 over the next few years and 70% of the beds assigned will be in Mallorca.
Anyone breaking the laws will be fined up to €400,000.
Spain anti-tourism protests – British holidays to Spain could change as bed numbers capped
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Radical groups that attack the #turismo in @España are clearly politicised and seek fame at any pric
Tourism minister Álvaro Nadal has said he is urging lawmakers to protect visitors from “those who perpetrate and instigate acts against tourism”.
He said: “Radical groups that attack the #turismo in @España are clearly politicised and seek fame at any price.”
Balearic Island tourist minister, Biel Barceló, accused foreigners of lawless behaviour, saying measures could “bring order” to the booming industry.
Aggressive protests have broken out in Spain as protesters screamed at holidaymakers to “go home”.
Flares were set off in Palma, Mallorca, as hardliners accused holidayers of causing chaos on in their towns.
A tourism boom has allegedly seen locals “priced out” of popular areas as Spaniard landlords make millions from renting rooms to revellers.
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Spain's anti-tourist protests – in pictures
Thu, August 10, 2017
People in Spain are protesting against mass-tourism, claiming that marketing properties to foreign tourists prices locals out of their homes
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woman walks next to a grafitti that reads 'Tourist go home, Refugees welcome' in downtown Palma, Majorca
Street protests by anarchist groups in Barcelona, Mallorca and the Basque Country called for tourism to be banned while graffiti in the streets labelled holidaymakers “terrorists”.
New rules will ban flat owners from renting their apartments via websites such as Airbnb and Homeaway unless they obtain a special licence to do so.
Tourist zones are being established in the Balearics, a process which is expected to take at least 12 months.
Airbnb slammed the legislations as “complex and confusing”.
Rentals in all residential buildings will be banned – apart from free-standing and rural properties.
Barcelona: Anti-tourism protests are taking place in Spain
The ban could drive up the price of hotels, causing problem for budget travellers and families looking for an affordable break.
The region's tourism chief Biel Barcelo said: "We want balanced and sustainable tourism so that it can keep being our lead economic activity for many years to come."
More foreigners visited Spain than ever before in 2015 following safety fears after ISIS terror attacks in Egypt and Tunisia.
Government statistics show spending per tourist rose 2.4 percent from January to September, the latest data available
Foreign tourists spent €37.129 billion between January and July 2015 alone – the highest in recorded history, according to a report released by the federal Tourist Expenditure Survey.
The Minister of Tourism in Spain, Alfredo Retortillo, has blasted the anti-tourism action as “hostile and xenophobic”.
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