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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”.

WTTC partners with IC Bellagio for a new consumer campaign

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) together with IC Bellagio and Members of the private Travel & Tourism sector, has launched a new consumer focussed initiative helping travellers understand how they can discover the world sustainably.

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).

What queer families seek in travel?

Queer families are a distinct and growing subset of the LGBTQ+ community. Like all families, they come in many forms and have diverse needs and concerns when traveling.

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.

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.

Venice residents protest proposed entry fee

Activists in Venice have staged a protest against the new day-tripper entry fee which will come into force on 25 April.

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