Barcelona suspends new tourist accommodation licenses

View of Barcelona from Montjuic. © GreenCityTrips

The mayor of the Spanish city of Barcelona has put a temporary halt on issuing licences for tourist accommodation in a bid to control the alarming growth in tourist numbers. According to a statement from his office, the suspension will apply to hotels, apartments, hostels and privately owned accommodation houses. “It was necessary to put things in order,” Mayor Ada Colau told reporters. “Up to now, tourism policies had been drawn up piecemeal.”

In Brief
  • 7 million people visit Barcelona each year, and residents are saying the very character that draws the tourists is being eroded as a result.
  • The city council has announced that it start a public debate on developing a sustainable tourism plan by early 2016.
  • Barcelona was also the first city in the world to be awarded Biosphere certification. The award recognised the city as being committed to developing responsible tourism and including sustainable, environmental, cultural and socio-economic management criteria.
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Jeremy Smith
Jeremy Smith
Jeremy Smith is the editor and co-founder of Travindy. He is a writer and communications consultant working for a more responsible and sustainable tourism industry. He is the author of two books, writes a fortnightly blog on responsible tourism for World Travel Market, and provides consultancy to a wide range of companies and organisations, ranging from National Parks to individual hotels and tour operators.

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