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“Malaga to live, not to survive” or “One more tourist, one less neighbor”. Thousands of individuals demonstrated this Saturday June 29 within the Spanish cities of Malaga and Cadiz towards mass tourism accused of depriving the native inhabitants of reasonably priced housing. Anger is rising within the nation, the world's second largest vacationer vacation spot.

In Malaga, practically 5,500 individuals, based on the sub-prefecture, gathered within the historic heart of the massive Andalusian metropolis of 570,000 inhabitants, a mecca for “sol y playa” (solar and seaside) tourism. At the decision of round fifty native associations, Spaniards gathered with indicators studying: “Prohibition of tourist accommodation” or “Salary of 1,300, hire of 1,100, find out how to reside? “. “The city has become an amusement park,” assures AFP Quique, a 26-year-old protester, who is worried about these “tourist accommodations which have irregularly taken the place of usual accommodation”.

6,500 accommodations for tourist use in Malaga

In Spain, the province of Malaga is the one with the largest number of accommodations for tourist use, at 39,000, including 6,500 in the city itself, according to the National Institute of Statistics. The city attracts many tourists and expatriate workers because of its dozens of beaches and a cultural offering of which Picasso, born in the city in 1881, is the central figure.

In Cádiz, one other Andalusian metropolis, lots of of individuals additionally gathered within the historic heart. “Enough hotels, enough apartments for tourists, enough evictions, enough selling the city”, we are able to learn within the textual content of the decision for demonstration, emanating from the “Cádiz Resiste” platform.

Movements which might be multiplying

The port of Cadiz, situated within the historic heart of this metropolis of solely 117,000 inhabitants, has grow to be a preferred vacation spot for cruise ships, with 20 of them arriving in June, based on knowledge from the native port. The virtually each day arrival of hundreds of vacationers congests the slender streets of the outdated quarter. From the Balearic Islands to the Canaries to Barcelona, ​​actions hostile to overtourism are multiplying in Spain. Last April, practically 57,000 individuals protested towards the collateral financial and environmental harm linked to mass tourism, reported RFI.

Already within the 2010s, residents mobilized towards overtourism, primarily in Barcelona. But after the Covid-19 break, exasperation appears to have elevated a notch, as Spain welcomed a file 85.1 million overseas guests final yr. Tourism in Spain represents 12.8% of GDP and accounts for 12.6% of jobs.