Brits abroad face holiday HORROR as anti-tourism
Arran Palma, an activist group based on the island of Majorca, have promised to continue their campaigning from last year, after local authorities announced measures to curb the number of visitors to the island’s capital, Palma.
Last year, shocked holidaymakers were confronted with Arran campaigners at Palma’s luxury marina, as they threw confetti at diners and let off flares around the luxury yachts.
The group were also responsible for the attack in Barcelona.
British tourists on a sightseeing bus said they thought they were going to be attacked by terrorists when four masked men slashed the vehicle’s tyres, sprayed graffiti, and started chanting slogans.
An Arran spokesman said tourism is “uncontrollable”.
He said: “The problem of tourism here is totally out of control.
“It is focussed on partying and being uncontrollable and it attracts all kinds of people who have no respect for the places they visit.
“They leave the place they visit in a state that nobody can enjoy them.
“The problem can be seen across the island.”
The Mallorquin government have announced all private home owners in Palma will be banned from renting their apartments to visitors from July.
The city is the first in all of Spain to implement the harsh rules and law breakers could find themselves with fines of up to €400,000 (£350,000).
One protest group estimated 95,000 properties in the capital are listed on private renting services like AirBnB.
In 2017, hosts in the city earned a whopping average of €7,000 (£6,100).
The quick profits of services like AirBnB have pushed up rentals for locals, with long-term lets soaring by an incredible 40 per cent between 2015 and 2017.
The Balearic Ornithological and Nature Conservation Group also want to slash the number of tourists to the island.
They oppose the cruise ships that dock for a day or two and bring thousands of tourists.
Some of the largest boats can use as much energy in three days as Palma airport uses in a whole year.
Group member Margalida Sastre said: “There can be seven or eight cruise ships per day.
“There is no management plan to deal with the influx.”
Cities across Europe are launching huge campaigns to rid their streets of what they deem to be huge numbers of destructive tourists.
In April, Venice forcibly separated tourists and locals for the first time ever as locals moaned they are being priced out of their own town.
The floating city receives as many as 30million visitors every year.
More than 2,000 residents marched in the city last year to protest against uncontrolled tourism and cruise ship numbers.
Roman authorities are also trying to crack down on visitors.
There have been suggestions visitor numbers to the iconic Trevi Fountain could be limited, as well as other parts of the historic city.