Barcelona mayor halts new tourist accommodation licenses

MADRID (AP) — Barcelona’s new leftist mayor has halted the issuing of tourist accommodation licenses in the immensely popular city while new regulations are drawn up to govern a sector some say has become saturated in recent years.

A town hall statement Thursday said the directive would apply to hotels, apartments, hostels and rented private houses.

Mayor Ada Colau took office last month promising social changes, including a plan to deal with the problem of mass tourism in the city.

Barcelona is one of Europe’s top tourism destinations but many residents complain the city is being overrun and losing its character.

The town hall said it plans to study existing accommodation capacity and its economic and social impact, and will start a public debate on developing a sustainable tourism plan by early 2016.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s