BARCELONA: Million visitors in Barcelona are a headache, new Mayor Ada Colau wants to prevent this Mediterranean port from becoming a theme park.
Barcelona is the city of 1.6 million residents and is considered Spain’s second most populated city.
It known for hosting the 1992 Summer Olympics, world-class Conferences and expositions and many international sport tournaments.
The city is one of the world’s leading tourist, economic, trade fair and cultural centers, and its influence in commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts all give to its status as one of the world’s major global cities.
On Mass tourism problem, currently, the city is struggling with the continuous increase of their tourist which makes the city over crowded.
” Barcelona is a global tourism icon. But if the problems continue it could sully this image and end up affecting the city’s tourism.”
The new Mayor, Ada Colau, is now working for the harmonious of the city with this important economic sector, which generates 120,000 jobs. Her first concern was to stop issuing new licences for tourist accommodation for one year while a new strategy is being developed for the sector.
Gawking tourist who prevent locals from buying their goods was one of the complain raised by the vendors nearby historic La Boqueria market.
Mass tourism problem, Since 1992, when the city started hosting Olympic, their struggle of mass tourism also tourism also began.Painting of “Tourists go home” is mostly on the walls of buildings in the centre of Spain.
According to Francesc Lopez Palomeque, geography professor at University of Barcelona “The tourism boom has been a very quick process – in 25 years – and the city did not absorb it well. This has generated this tourismophobia,”. Palomeque worked on the city’s 2008-13 tourism plan.
The city’s local officials now banned tour groups during peak shopping times from entering the market.