As tourist numbers soar in the world’s biggest cities, many of them are wondering how to deal with the flood of visitors, and residents in major European destinations are demanding their governments put residents first. As a result, cities across the continent are placing restrictions and taxes on tourism to try to balance livability with the income and jobs generated by the tourism industry.
gets a lot of attention by those looking to contain tourism because of how it takes rental units off the market, increasing prices and reducing stock for locals. Palma, Spain
is poised to become the first city to ban apartments from being listed on Airbnb
— only detached homes can list rooms for rent
, one of the leaders on anti-tourist measures, has experienced a fascinating phenomenon: while public opinion has turned against tourists, the city has opened its arms to migrants
. Natalia Martínez, a councillor in an older part of Barcelona, told The Guardian
that immigration has “brought more than it’s taken away in terms of identity,” while her colleague Santi Ibarra said “[t]ourism takes something out of neighbourhoods
. It makes them more banal – the same as everywhere else.”