Mass tourism – Newton County MO Tourism http://newtoncountymotourism.org/ Sun, 18 Sep 2022 02:47:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-57.png Mass tourism – Newton County MO Tourism http://newtoncountymotourism.org/ 32 32 Mass tourism is back, how to make it sustainable? https://newtoncountymotourism.org/mass-tourism-is-back-how-to-make-it-sustainable/ Thu, 01 Sep 2022 12:28:17 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/mass-tourism-is-back-how-to-make-it-sustainable/ Choose local Speaking of reciprocity, one of the easiest ways to give back to local communities is to put as many of our travel books in the pockets of locals as possible. According to the UN’s World Tourism Organization, only 5% of the money spent by tourists actually stays in the local community, with the […]]]>

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Speaking of reciprocity, one of the easiest ways to give back to local communities is to put as many of our travel books in the pockets of locals as possible. According to the UN’s World Tourism Organization, only 5% of the money spent by tourists actually stays in the local community, with the rest ending up in the hands of multinational corporations. We can change that by making sure we stay in local hotels, eat in local restaurants, employ local aboriginal guides, and buy locally made handicrafts.

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By surrounding ourselves with thriving natural environments, embracing hiking and biking, camping adventures, and sailing trips, we allow ourselves to have admiration for our planet. Research tells us that this sense of awe tends to make us kinder and more generous, and encourages us to give up our self-interests for those of others and the world. Exactly what is needed at this crucial moment.

Choosing travel companies and hotels that are committed to conservation or fund conservation initiatives is another way to protect the natural world while traveling. Seeking rewilding or citizen science trips goes even further, as guests can participate in projects that restore environments and boost populations of endangered species, often alongside local scientists and researchers.

If you’re reading this and thinking: we’ve just wasted two precious years of travel, let’s not make this more difficult than necessary, then think again. Only 6% of the world’s population has ever set foot on an airplane. That’s right, six. It is imperative to remember what a privileged trip really is and to do it in a way that is as rewarding for the places we visit as it is for us.

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News from Majorca: mass tourism https://newtoncountymotourism.org/news-from-majorca-mass-tourism/ Fri, 26 Aug 2022 09:14:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/news-from-majorca-mass-tourism/ Palma.—It’s that time of year when we start moaning and moaning that we have too many tourists and the island is “saturated”. Well before starting a long debate to try to reduce (further) the number of tourists, I remind you that the cold wind of recession will blow on Europe this autumn.

The Spanish economy is struggling, the cost of living continues to rise and I sincerely doubt that many hotels will stay open this winter. It would be absolutely fantastic if Majorca were relatively empty during the summer months; more space on the beach, no need to book a table in a restaurant, quieter roads. Paradise in the Mediterranean. But the truth is that Mallorca lives off tourism and we need busy summers to sustain the local economy.

Thirty years ago, it was decided that the island would be a mass vacation spot attracting tourists of all kinds and purchasing power. It was a decision taken locally and obviously supported by the local population. Mass tourism has paid a healthy share for Mallorca. Billions of euros have been won. Now we say enough is enough. We want fewer tourists with more purchasing power. To some extent this wish is coming true with a large number of new five star hotels being built, adding to the significant number Majorca already has. But this island cannot survive with five-star tourism. It has become accustomed to millions of tourists every year and, in fact, the local economy has been built there.

Cake and eat it
Local politicians say we need a new tourism strategy, the Balearic government says we already have one, without building new hotels. Part of the reason the sponsorship deal with Real Mallorca football club by local authorities fell through was because of the stadium’s name; Visit Mallorca.

Majorcan nationalists say this has only encouraged more tourists to visit the island. Yes, that’s the general idea!!! It is a clear example of the school of thought that currently exists in Mallorca when it comes to tourism. Some sections of the local community do not want mass tourism. Others agree that we need it to survive. It’s the same with the cruise ship controversy. Five ships in port will be a welcome sight for the business community, but will lead to protests from some residents. This is an argument that will run and run for a while. I understand both points of view but I also know that Mallorca must survive.

Our only source of income is tourism and the decision to make the island a mass resort was taken three decades ago. A bad decision? Well no. We got rich, but now we want to stay rich without too many tourists. It won’t happen, I’m afraid.

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Venetians ‘suffocated’ by mass tourism as population hits record high https://newtoncountymotourism.org/venetians-suffocated-by-mass-tourism-as-population-hits-record-high/ Wed, 17 Aug 2022 06:32:16 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/venetians-suffocated-by-mass-tourism-as-population-hits-record-high/ Travel August 17, 2022 06:303 minute read The ‘Canalazzo’ Venice’s Grand Canal is the main artery of Italy’s floating city. It’s exceptionally busy during the February carnival season, as gondolas of couples descend on the world’s most romantic body of water Residents of Venice’s historic center have expressed concern that they will become like “relics […]]]>
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The ‘Canalazzo’ Venice’s Grand Canal is the main artery of Italy’s floating city. It’s exceptionally busy during the February carnival season, as gondolas of couples descend on the world’s most romantic body of water

Residents of Venice’s historic center have expressed concern that they will become like “relics in an open-air museum” as the population plummets to a record low.

The main island’s population has declined since 1950 for several reasons, but the most important is mass tourism. Each year, thousands of visitors flock to the downtown area, crowding out longtime residents.

According to Venessia.com, a group that has campaigned for the preservation of Venice’s heritage for several years, the population will drop below 50,000 by Friday.

The organization’s leader, Matteo Secchi, said he used vital statistics data to predict the decline.

“We’ve been warning about this for years…we don’t want to give up, but no administration has been able to turn the tide,” he told the Guardian.

Residents who remain feel “suffocated” by the emphasis on tourism, said Secchi, which has turned the city into “a slot machine” that is difficult to live in.

“Tourism is a double-edged sword because you take money but at the same time you push out all activities and space for [the residents]”Secchi said.

“There are those who are not from here but who own a house, rent it out and then spend the money elsewhere.”

The result, according to Secchi, is a higher cost of living, a lack of affordable housing and essential businesses replaced by tourist souvenir shops.

In January, authorities in Venice launched a scheme to attract young, remote workers to the historic center.

Inspired by similar programs in Europe and the United States, “Venywhere” attempted to sell the destination to increase the population, but appears to have had minimal impact.

The program is good, Secchi said, but avoided addressing fundamental issues resulting from overtourism.

“We need a change of era and for the council to take important steps, such as offering financial incentives to landlords who, for example, only rent to Venetians,” Secchi said.

“The danger is that we are disappearing, soon we will be like relics in an open-air museum.”

Venice City Council appears unimpressed with the population decline and said the number does not reflect foreign workers and students traveling to the city or part-time residents.

Additionally, the city has introduced new limits and fees for visitors over the past two years.

In July 2021, the city finally banned large ships weighing more than 25,000 tons from entering the historic center of Venice via the Giudecca Canal in July 2021.

A year later, in 2022, the city announced a new fee for day trippers.

Starting January 16, 2023, visitors not staying overnight in the city must register online for the day they plan to come and pay €3 to €10 ($5 to $16.80).

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UK beaches: one of the ‘worst’ destinations hit by mass tourism | Travel News | Travel https://newtoncountymotourism.org/uk-beaches-one-of-the-worst-destinations-hit-by-mass-tourism-travel-news-travel/ Fri, 05 Aug 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/uk-beaches-one-of-the-worst-destinations-hit-by-mass-tourism-travel-news-travel/ A Yorkshire town has been inundated with visitors this year, boosting attendance by more than a million people. This is despite the beach having been placed at the bottom of a ranking table of seaside destinations. Bridlington, Yorkshire has been awarded the last spot on a list of the best seaside resorts in Yorkshire compiled […]]]>

A Yorkshire town has been inundated with visitors this year, boosting attendance by more than a million people. This is despite the beach having been placed at the bottom of a ranking table of seaside destinations.

Bridlington, Yorkshire has been awarded the last spot on a list of the best seaside resorts in Yorkshire compiled by Which? review this year.

But that hasn’t kept tourists away from the East Yorkshire beach, quite the contrary.

The number of visitors to Bridlington has increased from 3.5 million between June 2020 and May 2021 to 4.9 million between June 2021 and May 2022.

That’s according to figures from Place Informatics, which analyzes footfall and tourism behavior.

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Filey was another destination that saw a 56% increase in tourist numbers, while Whitby’s attendance increased by 44%.

Visitor numbers to Hornsea increased by 40%, while the number of tourists visiting Saltburn-by-the-Sea increased by 37%.

Clive Hall, CEO of Place Informatics, commented on the findings, noting both the pros and cons of mass tourism.

He said: ‘It’s great to see these popular Yorkshire seaside towns attracting so many visitors over the past 12 months, but these huge increases can impact local businesses, services and infrastructure if they aren’t not managed properly.

“Our data helps these resort towns understand their visitors and helps them minimize any negative impact of this increased popularity to ensure these additional visitors are positive for the towns and their businesses.”

Who? the magazine’s list of the best seaside spots in the UK lists 87 destinations in total, with Bridlington finishing in 72nd place.

This made it the last Yorkshire beach on the list.

Nationally, the top destination was Bamburgh in Northumberland, followed by Llandudno and St Andrews.

In 87th place was Skegness, Lincolnshire.

Topping the table for Yorkshire was Filey, who came in eighth.

The other top rated destinations were Robin Hood’s Bay in 12th place, Whitby in 17th place and Saltburn in 25th place.

Scarborough was placed at number 42.

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From quotas to fees, how tackling mass tourism could be a boon for touristophobes https://newtoncountymotourism.org/from-quotas-to-fees-how-tackling-mass-tourism-could-be-a-boon-for-touristophobes/ Sat, 09 Jul 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/from-quotas-to-fees-how-tackling-mass-tourism-could-be-a-boon-for-touristophobes/ To fight against overcrowding, some tourist sites have decided to restrict access this summer. — Photo ETX Studio Saturday 09 Jul 2022 15:16 MYT PARIS, July 9 — In order to mitigate the effects of mass tourism and combat overcrowding in tourist destinations (while ensuring their preservation), travelers will be required to make reservations to […]]]>

To fight against overcrowding, some tourist sites have decided to restrict access this summer. — Photo ETX Studio

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PARIS, July 9 — In order to mitigate the effects of mass tourism and combat overcrowding in tourist destinations (while ensuring their preservation), travelers will be required to make reservations to visit certain global hotspots this summer, meet strict visitor quotas or pay fees. And these measures could be music to the ears of touristophobes and touristophobes alike.

In beach resorts and trendy towns, tourists flock to enjoy the views, visit the sights and soak up the vibe. Streets, parks or seashores become teeming anthills. As the summer holiday season kicks off, cities like Marseille, Biarritz, Barcelona and Venice are preparing for this surge they may have thought had died down.

Indeed, in the two years since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, there was talk of a more responsible tourism, less focused on concrete cities and more on mountain landscapes and wide open spaces. And while mountain holidays are on the rise, it’s clear that the pre-Covid form of tourism is more popular than ever, much to the chagrin of touristophobes – people who have an aversion to tourists.

Touristophobia should not be confused with tourismophobia, a more relevant subject according to tourism expert Paul Arseneault, former holder of the Transat Chair in Tourism and director of the Tourism Intelligence Network. As a trade tourism publication The Tourist Echo explains, tourismophobia is defined as “a rejection of the tourist industry and its institutional and commercial partners by the inhabitants of a territory, who feel – legitimately or not – deprived of their rights, their advantages and peace “.

Quotas: restricting access to suppress crowds

Changes are taking shape in the tourism industry that could calm the nerves of anxious touristophobes, even if they are presented above all as measures to protect the environment.

In natural sites popular with visitors, quotas and reservation systems are in place to restrict access to certain landscapes this year. This is the case of the Calanque de Sugiton in Marseille, the Lavezzi islands, the Aiguilles de Bavella or the Restonica valley in Corsica.

And the Calanques National Park in France, for example, will limit access to 400 people per day from Saturday July 9 to August 21, 2022.

Pay to visit

Elsewhere in Europe, access to the historic center of Venice will become chargeable from August 2022 for tourists visiting during the day without spending the night. The price varies from €3 to €10 depending on the period, the events and the time spent in the city.

After being trialled this summer, reservations and payment to access the city will come into effect on January 16, 2023, Venice tourism adviser Simone Venturini announced at a press conference in June. “We are aware that the measure can no longer be postponed and that it is essential if we want to reduce the excesses of seasonal tourist peaks,” he said.

On the other side of the world, the South Asian country of Bhutan has announced a tripling of its tourist tax. The daily rate will now be USD 200 (RM 885.40) per night for travellers, Bhutan Time reports. The country, which has been pursuing a sustainable tourism policy for several years, will reopen its borders on September 23, 2022. – ETX Studio

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Barcelona fights against the revival of mass tourism https://newtoncountymotourism.org/barcelona-fights-against-the-revival-of-mass-tourism/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/barcelona-fights-against-the-revival-of-mass-tourism/ Barcelona city beach Excerpt from the Guardian As visitors return following the easing of Covid curbs, talk of diversifying the Spanish town has been drowned out by the sound of crates ringing “Barcelona is for sale but not to the people who live there,” says Silvia Mateu, who has lived in the beachfront […]]]>


Barcelona city beach

Excerpt from the Guardian

As visitors return following the easing of Covid curbs, talk of diversifying the Spanish town has been drowned out by the sound of crates ringing

“Barcelona is for sale but not to the people who live there,” says Silvia Mateu, who has lived in the beachfront neighborhood of Barceloneta for 47 of her 61 years.

For two years, Barcelona suffered a forced experience caused by the Covid pandemic. The number of visitors, which was close to 30 million, suddenly fell to zero.

For many citizens, the drain was a blessed relief as they rediscovered parts of the city that had been rendered off-limits by mass tourism.

But at the same time, dozens of bars, restaurants and shops closed, sparking a long-overdue debate about the need to diversify the economy.

The city has been successful in attracting startups, especially in tech industries, who view the city on Spain’s Mediterranean coast as a cheaper and more attractive option than Paris or Berlin. However, since the return of tourists at Easter, discussions of diversification have been drowned out by the noise of checkouts.

The hospitality sector, which has suffered more and longer than any other during the pandemic, is understandably delighted. Businesses that have survived the shutdowns are charting a course out of the debt they have incurred. But not everyone is happy.

“We don’t want life to be like during the pandemic, but it also gave us the opportunity to see that there were other possibilities without massive tourism,” says Martí Cusó, who lives in the Gothic Quarter. , the busiest tourist area of ​​the city. .

“My neighborhood is so saturated with tourists that it’s impossible to meet anyone on the street or children playing or even getting a good night’s sleep,” he says. “These two years of pandemic have been tough but it is also a missed opportunity to rethink the city.”

Jordi Rabassa, the councilor for the Ciutat Vella district, which encompasses the Gothic Quarter, agrees.

“We have not done what was necessary to bring about a deep and real change to the economic model,” he recently told the elDiario.es news site.

“I pleaded for a more localized economy, but I swam against the tide. We must work to ensure that the last two years are not just a mirage.

Fermín Villar is president of the Friends of La Rambla, a tree-lined pedestrian street synonymous with mass tourism.

“You can’t fix Barcelona without fixing La Rambla,” he says, pointing out that the majority of shops and bars simply don’t cater to residents. “We can’t tell a bar the price of a beer, but without the cooperation of the private sector, we can’t do much,” he says.

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Malta should focus on events, cultural tourism, not mass tourism – EP official https://newtoncountymotourism.org/malta-should-focus-on-events-cultural-tourism-not-mass-tourism-ep-official/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 05:30:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/malta-should-focus-on-events-cultural-tourism-not-mass-tourism-ep-official/ Malta should put more emphasis on event and cultural tourism that can be attracted all year round, rather than mass tourism, said a Hungarian MEP who works specifically in tourism. The Malta Independent Sunday in an interview. Istvan Ujheli, originally from the Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP), is Vice-Chairman of the European Parliament’s Transport and Tourism […]]]>


Malta should put more emphasis on event and cultural tourism that can be attracted all year round, rather than mass tourism, said a Hungarian MEP who works specifically in tourism. The Malta Independent Sunday in an interview.

Istvan Ujheli, originally from the Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP), is Vice-Chairman of the European Parliament’s Transport and Tourism Committee and was in Malta as part of the Mediterranean Tourism Forum, organized by the Malta Association of Hotels and Restaurants .

Asked about his opinion on Malta’s tourism sector and the direction it should take, Ujheli warned that as Malta is a small island, focusing exclusively on mass tourism can be dangerous as it could lead to a overcrowding as tourists and people who live in Malta will become more and more unpleasant.

He went on to say that it is important to have tourism over the 12 months of the year, which can be achieved through tourist and cultural events organized between September and May.

“Malta are more than capable of doing this,” Ujheli said.

He said he has met several talented and smart Maltese with innovative ideas that can build the industry.

Ujheli also said educational programs are of great importance. He said that although he cannot provide many details on the matter, he and other Maltese stakeholders are working with international organizations to establish new educational programs in Malta for locals and foreigners to work. in the service sector.

Asked about the recovery of the tourism sector after the Covid-19 pandemic, Ujheli said it was necessary to realize what happened in the last decade: a financial crisis a little over ‘a decade of no support for the industry, followed by the collapse of Thomas Cook which affected tens of thousands of people working in tourism, the Covid-19 pandemic and now the war in Ukraine.

“We have no European crisis management mechanism. Nothing! This is one of my main proposals to the European institutions: that we need a concrete crisis management mechanism. Yes, the national government has a duty to do something, but when we are in a global crisis it is not enough to have national responses,” he said.

Ujheli added that there is a need for a sustainable financial system for tourism in the European Union, noting that the sector has only been recognized as its own industry by the EU for the first time this year, despite the fact that it employs 23 million people and represents 10% of European GDP.

Third, education and skills are an important part of pandemic recovery, Ujheli said. “We know very well that because of Covid-19, a large part of the staff has left the industry and no longer want to return because they fear its instability,” he noted.

When asked if it was time for pandemic-related travel restrictions to be further relaxed, Ujheli noted that the night before this interview, the EU had agreed that the EU digital certificate could be used. for another year, adding that the certificate itself is a “revolution” from a technological point of view.

“We really need the full opening of the transport sector to tourism in the next few months,” Ujheli said, however.

He said there were wealthy tourists from third countries such as China, the United States and India who were eager to travel every month of the year, but were still waiting for instructions on how to get there. Europe.

Asked, finally, about his understanding of the concept of sustainable tourism, a term that has become one of the latest buzzwords in the political sphere, Ujheli said he really hopes it will not just be a “fad”. passenger.

He said it’s normal that such things get little concrete action, but said this time it had to be different and the action had to be real and tangible.

“If we have dreams without any concrete information to back them up, it can be very dangerous,” he said, before adding that the European Green Deal must take this into account.

He added that when talking about sustainable tourism, consideration should also be given to how SMEs and family businesses can achieve this, as they do not have the money to finance many of the green solutions that d other companies can.

He pleaded for the creation of a European fund to help SMEs and small businesses to be greener and more sustainable.

Ujheli was in Malta as part of the Mediterranean Tourism Forum, which was held in Malta last week and brought together the best minds in tourism to chart the future of the industry.

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‘Summer will be monstrous’: Barcelona struggle against revival of mass tourism | Barcelona https://newtoncountymotourism.org/summer-will-be-monstrous-barcelona-struggle-against-revival-of-mass-tourism-barcelona/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 11:30:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/summer-will-be-monstrous-barcelona-struggle-against-revival-of-mass-tourism-barcelona/ “Barcelona is for sale but not to the people who live there,” says Silvia Mateu, who has lived in the beachfront neighborhood of Barceloneta for 47 of her 61 years. For two years, Barcelona suffered a forced experience caused by the Covid pandemic. The number of visitors, which was close to 30 million, suddenly fell […]]]>

“Barcelona is for sale but not to the people who live there,” says Silvia Mateu, who has lived in the beachfront neighborhood of Barceloneta for 47 of her 61 years.

For two years, Barcelona suffered a forced experience caused by the Covid pandemic. The number of visitors, which was close to 30 million, suddenly fell to zero.

For many citizens, the drain was a blessed relief as they rediscovered parts of the city that had been rendered off-limits by mass tourism.

But at the same time, dozens of bars, restaurants and shops closed, sparking a long-overdue debate about the need to diversify the economy.

A sticker that reads: ‘Tourism is killing the city’ on a damaged tourist map near Park Güell. Photograph: Pau Barrena/AFP/Getty Images

The city has been successful in attracting startups, especially in tech industries, who view the city on Spain’s Mediterranean coast as a cheaper and more attractive option than Paris or Berlin. However, since the return of tourists at Easter, discussions of diversification have been drowned out by the noise of checkouts.

The hospitality sector, which has suffered more and longer than any other during the pandemic, is understandably delighted. Businesses that have survived the shutdowns are charting a course out of the debt they have incurred. But not everyone is happy.

“We don’t want life to be like during the pandemic, but it also gave us the opportunity to see that there were other possibilities without massive tourism,” says Martí Cusó, who lives in the Gothic Quarter. , the busiest tourist area of ​​the city. .

“My neighborhood is so saturated with tourists that it’s impossible to meet anyone on the street or children playing or even getting a good night’s sleep,” he says. “These two years of pandemic have been tough but it is also a missed opportunity to rethink the city.”

Jordi Rabassa, the councilor for the Ciutat Vella district, which encompasses the Gothic Quarter, agrees.

A tourist poses for her portrait in the city center.
A tourist poses for her portrait in the city center. Photography: Lluís Gené/AFP/Getty Images

“We have not done what was necessary to bring about a deep and real change to the economic model,” he recently told the elDiario.es news site.

“I pleaded for a more localized economy, but I swam against the tide. We must work to ensure that the last two years are not just a mirage.

Fermín Villar is president of the Friends of La Rambla, a tree-lined pedestrian street synonymous with mass tourism.

“You can’t fix Barcelona without fixing La Rambla,” he says, pointing out that the majority of shops and bars simply don’t cater to residents. “We can’t tell a bar the price of a beer, but without the cooperation of the private sector, we can’t do much,” he says.

Tourists gather at Park Güell, with the Sagrada Familia basilica in the background.
Tourists gather at Park Güell, with the Sagrada Familia basilica in the background. Photography: Matias Basualdo/Zuma/Rex/Shutterstock

His comments go to the heart of the matter: the many interest groups that depend on and even thrive on mass tourism want nothing to change, while those who want change often lack the power to influence decision-making. .

For example, Ada Colau, the mayor, wants to limit the number of cruise passengers disembarking on any given day. She says that of the 3.1 million people who arrived in 2019, 40% spent less than four hours in the city.

Cruise passengers, she says, visit the same sites every time and tend not to invest a lot of money in the local economy. The port of Barcelona, ​​however, is outside its jurisdiction.

The other category of tourists that annoys residents are young people who flock to the city for its warm weather, beaches, nightlife and festivals.

Colau is targeting them with an attempt to crack down around 6,000 unlicensed tourist apartments, but is hampered by a Supreme Court ruling that allows websites to advertise illegal apartments.

Ada Colau, Mayor of Barcelona.
Ada Colau, the mayor of Barcelona, ​​is cracking down on certain types of tourism. Photography: Thiago Prudencio/Sopa/Rex/Shutterstock

Xavier Marcé, the city councilor in charge of tourism, wants hotels to charge more to attract more affluent customers, but it is not in his gift to set price levels.

Mateu scoffs at the authorities’ repeated claims that they want to attract “quality” tourism.

“What we have in Barceloneta is alcohol tourism,” she says. “They don’t go to museums, they’re not there to discover our culture.

“Last summer was hell. Everything was closed but people still came for the weekend and they had bootees [outdoor drinking parties] on the beach and in the street.

Barcelona is famous for its nightlife.
Barcelona is famous for its nightlife, but not all locals approve of the type of tourists it attracts. Photography: Michael Weber/ImageBroker/Shutterstock

Some of those celebrating were locals, but the majority were tourists, many escaping tighter Covid restrictions in other countries. “Now everything is open and it’s worse – the weekend starts on Wednesday.”

A recurring complaint is that most tourists visit the same small areas, which is why Marcé wants to see visitors more widely dispersed.

But Cusó says it’s a distraction. “It’s just a way of avoiding the subject,” he argues. “Even if tourists visit other neighborhoods, they will always come to the Gothic Quarter and Park Güell. It’s not about where people go or whether they’re rich or poor, it’s about having a city less dependent on tourism in the first place. »

Mateu insists she is not anti-tourist per se. Instead, she wants a tourism model that prioritizes civility and keeps visitors from keeping locals up all night and urinating on their doors.

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There have already been flashpoints and conflicts in Barceloneta and elsewhere this year. With accommodations booked for July and August, she foresees a difficult summer.

“It’s worse than ever and it’s only June; this summer is going to be monstrous,” she says.

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Gilestone Farm, Powys: Fears it will be used for mass tourist events https://newtoncountymotourism.org/gilestone-farm-powys-fears-it-will-be-used-for-mass-tourist-events/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/gilestone-farm-powys-fears-it-will-be-used-for-mass-tourist-events/ Green Man – who has been held at the nearby Glanusk Estate near Crickhowell since 2006 – is expected to stay put. But local residents of Talybont, which is less than 10 miles down the road, fear the purchase will have a negative impact on the countryside. At a public meeting held in the village […]]]>

Green Man – who has been held at the nearby Glanusk Estate near Crickhowell since 2006 – is expected to stay put. But local residents of Talybont, which is less than 10 miles down the road, fear the purchase will have a negative impact on the countryside.

At a public meeting held in the village last week, attended by local politicians, all of Gilestone’s proposals involving the promotion of mass events were unanimously rejected.

Phil Darbyshire, who chaired the meeting at Henderson Hall, said: “I hope we can reach a compromise with the Green Man Festival.

“Ultimately, their brand of green credentials and sustainability is very much in line with the ethos of the village.

“However, I don’t think the community will compromise on the issue of mass events. Small events of up to 500 people can be negotiable, perhaps linked to educational workshops in various areas of sustainability

projects, perhaps in collaboration with a university department. I think that would find approval.

“But any development must be constrained by a legal framework and properly controlled – we have in the past experienced poor planning and licensing oversight from local authorities.”

Gilestone Farm (pictured bottom centre) sits in the heart of the Usk Valley

The meeting was attended by Brecon and Radnorshire MP Fay Jones and MS James Evans.

The meeting heard that there had been no consultation with the local community from the Welsh Government and concerns were raised that the purchase agreement and the Government’s involvement with Green Man appear to have escaped public scrutiny – neither the government nor festival bosses would comment in the wake of news of Gilestone’s purchase.

Ms Jones said she had ‘serious concerns’ about the purchase. “I have no doubt Green Man will succeed in this endeavor – he’s been running a top notch festival in Crickhowell for almost 20 years,” she said.

“But it appears the Welsh Government has chosen to decommission a productive farm and hand it over to the events industry without much transparency or competition. I think that says a lot about the Welsh Government’s vision for agriculture.

Economy Minister Vaughan Gething, however, had told the Senedd the importance of securing Green Man’s future at Powys. “As far as the amount we have invested in this is concerned with securing the longer term future of Green Man in Wales, and I think we have done the right thing in doing so. “said Mr Gething when questioned. on the sale of Gilestone by Mr. Evans.

Another resident said at last Thursday’s meeting that he was concerned that hosting Green Man, or any other proposed event, would damage the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Gilestone site, located inside the Brecon Beacons National Park.

“The farm is located in a highly sensitive wildlife area and the Usk River which borders the farm is a special conservation area,” the resident said.

“We are in a national park where landscape and nature conservation is a top priority.

“We have no objection to Green Man or festivals in general. The objection is to the imposition of mass tourism events such as festivals in an unsuitable venue totally against the wishes of the host community and in a designated UK national park where the stated aim of the government is

conserve and enhance natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage.

“Nothing Green Man does should endanger that. In fact, he must highlight it.

After a comment and question session, those present were asked to vote on whether festivals and other similar mass tourist events (say, over 500 people) should be allowed to take place at Gilestone Farm – the vote was was greeted with an overwhelming “No”.

The Green Man Festival is one of the UK’s Big Five Independent Festivals and the idea behind the Welsh Government’s purchase of Gilestone is to secure its future in Wales, and more importantly Powys.

Mr Gething, however, confirmed there had been interest in buying the festival brand and he suggested Green Man could migrate to another part of the country, or even leave Wales altogether.

He told the Senedd: “The overall ambition is to ensure that one of the most important

economic businesses on the festival scene have a permanent home in Wales.

He confirmed the purchase and the price paid, when questioned by Mr Evans, and said he would be happy to brief members further on the use of the land.

He also confirmed talks are underway with the Green Man Festival about the possibility of renting the farm, although the Welsh government has yet to see a business plan. He declined to be fired at how he would use the site but said the purchase was to secure the future of the festival.

He said the business plan would determine the future use of the site, which also has a caravan park – with BBC Wales claims the farm could employ 174 people, focusing on sustainable farming , local food and climate change.

Green Man Festival was founded by Jo Bartlett and Danny Hagan as a 300-person day-long event at Craig-y-Nos Castle, near Brecon, in 2003. It moved to Baskerville Hall, outside Hay-on-Wye, for a two day event in 2004, and by 2005 it had become a three day event, with 3,000 people attending.

It moved to the Glanusk site in 2006, with organizers marking the festival’s 20th anniversary this year. Last year, 25,000 people took part.

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Fears the £4million Powys Farm could be used for mass tourism events https://newtoncountymotourism.org/fears-the-4million-powys-farm-could-be-used-for-mass-tourism-events/ Tue, 07 Jun 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/fears-the-4million-powys-farm-could-be-used-for-mass-tourism-events/ DEFIANT villagers say they oppose the Welsh government’s multi-million pound purchase of a Powys farm – fearing it will be developed for mass tourism events such as festivals. The Welsh Government announced last month that it had paid £4.25million for Gilestone Farm, just outside Talybont-on-Usk, and that organizers of the popular Green Man Festival would […]]]>

DEFIANT villagers say they oppose the Welsh government’s multi-million pound purchase of a Powys farm – fearing it will be developed for mass tourism events such as festivals.

The Welsh Government announced last month that it had paid £4.25million for Gilestone Farm, just outside Talybont-on-Usk, and that organizers of the popular Green Man Festival would pay for it daily management.

Green Man – who has been held at the nearby Glanusk Estate near Crickhowell since 2006 – is expected to remain in place. But local residents of Talybont, which is less than 10 miles down the road, fear the purchase will have a negative impact on the countryside.

At a public meeting held in the village last week, attended by local politicians, all of Gilestone’s proposals involving the promotion of mass events were unanimously rejected.

Phil Darbyshire, who chaired the meeting at Henderson Hall, said: “I hope we can reach a compromise with the Green Man Festival.

“Ultimately, their brand of green credentials and sustainability is very much in line with the ethos of the village.

“However, I don’t think the community will compromise on the issue of mass events. Small events of up to 500 people may be negotiable, perhaps linked to educational workshops in various sustainability projects, perhaps in conjunction with a university department. I think that would find approval.

“But any development must be constrained by a legal framework and properly controlled – we have in the past experienced poor planning and licensing oversight from local authorities.”

Gilestone Farm (pictured bottom centre) sits in the heart of the Usk Valley

The meeting on Thursday June 2 brought together MP for Brecon and Radnorshire Fay Jones and MS James Evans.

The meeting heard that there had been no consultation with the local community from the Welsh Government and concerns were raised that the purchase agreement and the Government’s involvement with Green Man appear to have escaped public scrutiny – neither the government nor festival bosses would comment in the immediate wake of news of Gilestone’s purchase.

However, the Welsh Government confirmed this week that the prestigious and popular event will not leave its current home of Glanusk.

“The Welsh Government has purchased the site to support the growth ambitions of the Green Man Festival,” a Welsh Government spokesperson said.

“Green Man is one of five major independent festivals still running in the UK and an annual event that makes a significant contribution to the economy of Wales. We want to harness the festival’s potential additional positive contribution to local businesses, the community and the Welsh economy and ensure that the festival continues to have a permanent home in Wales.

“We will shortly receive a full business plan for the site which will set out the activities to be undertaken throughout the year and outline how the land will continue to be farmed. This will be subject to normal and robust due diligence processes.

“The existing Green Man Festival does not leave the Glanusk estate and will continue there as it has for the past 20 years.”

MP Ms Jones said she had ‘serious concerns’ about the purchase. “I have no doubt Green Man will succeed in this endeavor – he’s been running a top notch festival in Crickhowell for almost 20 years,” she said.

“But it appears the Welsh Government has chosen to decommission a productive farm and hand it over to the events industry without much transparency or competition. I think that says a lot about the Welsh Government’s vision for agriculture.

Economy Minister Vaughan Gething previously told the Senedd the importance of securing Green Man’s future in Powys. “As far as the amount we have invested in this is concerned with securing the longer term future of Green Man in Wales, and I think we have done the right thing in doing so. “said Mr Gething when questioned. on the sale of Gilestone by Mr. Evans.

Another resident said at last Thursday’s meeting that he was concerned that hosting Green Man, or any other proposed event, would damage the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Gilestone site, located inside the Brecon Beacons National Park.

“The farm is located in a highly sensitive wildlife area and the Usk River which borders the farm is a special conservation area,” the resident said.

“We are in a national park where landscape and nature conservation is a top priority.

“We have no objection to Green Man or festivals in general. The objection is to the imposition of mass tourism events such as festivals in an unsuitable location totally against the wishes of the host community and in a designated UK national park where the stated aim of the government is to conserve and enhance enhance natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage.

“Nothing Green Man does should jeopardize that. In fact, he must emphasize it.

After a comment and question session, those present were asked to vote on whether festivals and other similar mass tourist events (say, over 500 people) should be allowed to take place at Gilestone Farm – the vote was was greeted with an overwhelming “No”.

The Green Man Festival is one of the UK’s Big Five Independent Festivals and the idea behind the Welsh Government’s purchase of Gilestone is to secure its future in Wales, and more importantly Powys.

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Mr Gething said there had been interest in buying the festival brand and he suggested Green Man could migrate to another part of the country, or even leave Wales altogether.

He told the Senedd: ‘The overall ambition is to ensure that one of the most important economic ventures in the festival scene has a permanent home in Wales.’

He confirmed the purchase and the price paid, when questioned by Mr Evans, and said he would be happy to brief members further on the use of the land.

He also confirmed talks were underway with the Green Man Festival about the possibility of renting the farm, although the Welsh government has yet to see a business plan. He declined to be fired at how he would use the site but said the purchase was to secure the future of the festival.

He said the business plan would determine the future use of the site, which also has a caravan park – with BBC Wales claims the farm could employ 174 people, focusing on sustainable farming , local food and climate change.

Green Man Festival was founded by Jo Bartlett and Danny Hagan as a 300-person day-long event at Craig-y-Nos Castle, near Brecon, in 2003. It moved to Baskerville Hall, outside Hay-on-Wye, for a two day event in 2004, and by 2005 it had become a three day event, with 3,000 people attending.

It moved to the Glanusk site in 2006, with organizers marking the festival’s 20th anniversary this year. Last year, 25,000 people took part.

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