Are Airbnb and similar services responsible for mass tourism and rent hikes? On the Balearic Islands, they’re considered part of the problem. In Palma, residents may soon not rent out their apartments to tourists.
The idyllic district of Anafiotika was constructed on the northeastern side of the hill leading up to the ancient Acropolis, and its 100-odd, tile-roofed houses are as old as the modern Greek capital itself.
In Mallorca, the bathing bans imposed after the sighting of highly toxic jellyfish have been lifted. On Thursday no more red flags were hoisted, it was said from the island capital Palma.
New Zealand plans to introduce a tourist tax to expand its infrastructure as visitor numbers grow. Entry visas will become more expensive this November.
At the ITB travel trade show in Berlin "overtourism" is hotly debated. Majorca, Venice and Berlin — they all suffer from the excesses of tourism, even though tourists are an important economic factor.
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