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Mallorca: Thousands demonstrated against mass tourism

Mallorca: Thousands demonstrated against mass tourism

“Mallorca is not for sale,” protesters who marched through the streets of Palma de Mallorca on Saturday wrote on a banner. Photo: Jaime Reyna/AFP/NTB

About 10,000 demonstrators participated in a protest against mass tourism in Mallorca.

The demonstrators marched in Palma de Mallorca, the capital of the largest island in the Balearic archipelago, on Saturday evening.

A smaller protest with a few hundred participants was held on the same day in Minorca.

The demonstrators in Palma carried banners with slogans such as “Enough with mass tourism.”

– We want the authorities to prevent people who have not lived here for more than five years from buying property and to introduce more regulations for holiday homes, says Carmi Raines from the group that organized the protest.

Popular: El Arenal Beach in Mallorca on Saturday. Photograph: Juan Medina/Reuters/NTB

14.4 million tourists

Real estate agent Javier Carbonell says more than half of the rental properties are used as holiday homes that locals cannot afford to rent.

– Carbonell says: – We want less mass tourism and more sustainable tourism.

Last year, the Balearic Islands were the second most popular tourist area in Spain, after Catalonia, where Barcelona is located.

14.4 million people spent their vacations in the archipelago, according to the Spanish statistics agency. Catalonia was visited by 18.8 million tourists, while the Canary Islands off West Africa received 13.9 million visitors.

Profitable nutrition

Tourism represents 45 percent of the Balearic Islands' gross national product, according to the industrial organization Exceltor.

On Friday, a thousand demonstrators took part in a demonstration against overtourism in Ibiza, one of the most popular Balearic islands.

In April, several thousand people also demonstrated in the Canary Islands. They demand that temporary restrictions be placed on the number of arriving tourists: