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Barcelona may ban ‘offensive’ and ‘tasteless’ souvenirs

Barcelona city council is considering banning the display and sale of souvenirs that are “offensive or in bad taste”.

Portugal launches world’s longest circular hiking route to combat overtourism

Portugal’s tourist hotspots are overwhelmed with visitors. A new hiking trail aims to restore balance. Plans are afoot to create the world’s longest circular hiking route, the 3,000 km Palmilhar Portugal (Walking Portugal).

UNESCO announces new geoparks worldwide

Travellers interested in deep dives into geology, culture and sustainability have several new destinations to place on their bucket lists. Unesco just announced the designation of 18 new Global Geoparks, bringing the total to 213 sites representing 48 countries around the world.

Barcelona grapples with tourism future as rain eases drought

As Barcelona exits its almost four-year-long drought, the aftermath has left many tough questions about the realities of water management and mass tourism.

Canada launches major initiative to boost indigenous tourism

Indigenous tourism helps advance economic reconciliation, while allowing the sharing of Indigenous cultures and histories across Canada. That’s why supporting its growth, in close partnership with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, is one of the Government of Canada’s top priorities.

Swiss village mulls Venice-style entry fee for car visitors

Lauterbrunnen is a bucolic mountain village set in the natural scenic splendour of the Alps. Visitors now come in their droves, and the 2,400-resident-strong hamlet is struggling to cope.

Rising demand for female tour guides faces barriers in Jordan

‘Islam does not have to limit you’: Meet the female guides changing the face of tourism in Jordan.

Ibiza and Mallorca implement new laws, shifting away from ‘sun, sex, and sangria’ tourism

Fed up with rowdy, drunk tourists, the local government of Spain’s Balearic Islands has brought in strict new alcohol bans.

Venice’s new tourist tax amid evasion, confusion, and protests

Many Venice residents have criticised the entry ticket as ineffective in controlling visitor numbers while condemning the city council for overlooking critical issues such as housing.

Croatia aiming to become Europe’s most sustainable travel destination

Despite the challenge she had ahead of her, she has put a focus on not only rebuilding the Balkan country’s battered tourism industry but on making Croatia a touchstone for sustainable travel.

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