|The second largest Spanish city will issue a year no new licenses for Boarding houses and apartments.|
The Barcelona City Council wants to regulate the influx of tourists in the Catalan capital better. The new mayor Ada Colau issued on Thursday a one-year moratorium on the registration of new hotels and other accommodations. "It is absolutely necessary to establish order," said the non-party mayor who belongs to the camp of the Left. "So far, the tourism policy has been a kludge."
The second largest Spanish city will then issue a year no new licenses for Boarding houses and apartments. According to media reports, more than 30 major hotel projects are expected to affect. "With the measure the activity of the tourism industry is not stopped," said the mayor. Tourism accounts for about 14 percent of the economic strength of Barcelona.
"The tourism sector will create jobs in the future", said Colau. "It is our common duty to maintain the tourism." The city government wants to use the moratorium to draw up a plan for the tourism policy. In previous workers and fishing district of Barceloneta residents had protested last year against the influx of party tourists.