Barcelona has enforced new guidelines for vacationers as Spain pledges to crackdown on ‘tourism of excess’.
Spain has already seen a 12 per cent enhance in bookings compared to 2019 however because the area Catalonia experiences a surge in vacationers, Spanish officers have stated they need to control bad behaviour that’s seen from quite a few British guests. The nation desires to maneuver away from their status as a prime celebration vacation spot and a brand new decree was handed on Thursday which might sanction guided excursions in Barcelona.
Those that don’t observe the new rules might face fines round €1,500 to €3,000. The regulation is predicted to come back into impact round July 23.
Areas within the Balearic Islands have already banned pub crawls, enforced a curfew on the sale of alchohol and a few locations have banned soccer tops. Fines may also be given out for bad drunken behaviour.
The brand new restrictions in Barcelona are being introduced in a bid to make the realm extra appropriate for locals. As Catalan News experiences, the Ciutat Vella space has been particularly focused with tighter laws with the Gothic Quarter charming vacationers all year long.
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The neighbourhood councillor, Jordi Rabassa, agrees that some areas want measures to ‘do away with unhealthy practices’.
He stated: “Tourism in Ciutat Vella doesn’t regulate itself, it wants measures, and the brand new decree permits [the city council] to do away with the unhealthy practices.”
To cut back noise air pollution, megaphones on guided excursions will probably be banned they usually might want to use audio tools or communicate at a traditional quantity. Together with that, group leaders should plan strolling routes that “minimise inconvenience”.
Tour teams will probably be restricted to simply 30 folks and in standard areas like Ciutat Vella, this will probably be decreased to fifteen. Some points of interest will probably be pressured to restrict the group sizes additional with solely three to eight visitors at a time.
Excursions should observe a a technique system and strolling excursions can solely be performed on a complete of 24 streets and squares. Vacationers are additionally being urged to ebook upfront and tour guides are being advised to bolster that message quite than flouting for enterprise in public.
Tour guides should additionally discover “spacious areas” to cease quite than inflicting disruption and the excursions should go away half of the road empty when strolling by the one-way streets. Moreover, teams should stroll in a line of two folks most.