Anti-tourist demonstrations have been gaining momentum throughout Europe, with tourists and tourist activities the targets, The Guardianreports.
A spokesperson for United Europe told eTNW that it was business as usual in Europe. “We have had no concerned calls from the ground.” However, United Europe is keeping an eye on the situation.
The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office has not yet released any alerts but they are constantly reviewing the situation. Travellers should be warned to remain vigilant and be aware of their actions.
The anti-tourism protests started in Venice, with locals venting their anger about high volume of cruise ships and the effects the travellers and pollution have on the city. These protests are now spreading to Barcelona and San Sebastián while cities like Rome and Dubrovnik are cracking down on tourists with the introduction of rules limiting tourists’ movements and actions. An anti-tourist march is planned for Mallorca and San Sebastián for August 17, which will coincide with the Semanad Grande, a major Basque festival.
In Barcelona, locals are protesting about the impact of sites like Airbnb on local housing prices, and how these practices are driving locals out of their home towns due to rising prices. Members of Arran, the youth wing of the Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP) have filmed themselves slashing the tyres of rental bicycles and a tour bus.