Barcelona likely to ban construction of new hotels

Barcelona likely to ban construction of new hotels
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The authorities of the Spanish city of Barcelona are likely to adopt a law limiting a number of rooms for tourists and prohibiting construction of new hotels, Interfax news agency reports on Friday with the reference to The Guardian.

According to the newspaper, this solution concerns the increased flow of tourists troubling local residents. Last year, a city with a 1,6 million population was visited by 32 million of tourists.

Non-governmental organizations and residents of Barcelona stage protests, demanding to stop real estate venture that leads to an increase in prices in the area. The protesters also lament that jobs in tourist sector are low-paid.

The new law will limit the number of rooms offered by hotels and will freeze the construction of new hotels.