Number of tourists to Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands to be limited

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President of the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands Government announced that taking into account the limitation of the number of tourists to protect natural resources, according TheLocal.es site.

 

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Tourism is an essential part of the economy of the Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago located in the Atlantic Ocean, 100 kilometres (62 miles) west of Morocco. Seven main islands and six islets make up the Canary Islands. They had more than 9 million foreign incoming tourists in 2007. Tourists seeking sunshine and …

President of the Spanish autonomous community of the Canary Islands, Fernando Clavijo, said in an interview with the newspaper El Pais that the archipelago should protect natural resources. “We need to set a limit to respect the environment and that will not damage our values, nature, space and quality we offer,” he said.

The Canary Islands have a population of 2.1 million people last year registered 13 million visitors. Tourism accounts for 30 percent of GDP archipelago.

“We have to strive to ensure that those who visit our islands also leaves resources,” said President Clavijo.

In turn, the Balearic Islands government officials said they would also take into account the limitation of the number of tourists.

“Nobody can imagine that we can put more pressure on territory taking into account the resources we have,” said Vice Biel Barcelo, responsible for the economy and tourism.

Balearic Islands population is just over a million people, but the Spanish Mediterranean archipelago is visited by 14 million tourists annually, of which about 80 percent coming summer.

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The government has announced plans to reintroduce the “eco-tax” imposed tourists between 2001 and 2003, although travel agencies oppose.

Canary and Balearic Islands are not the only tourist destinations in Spain seeking ways to reduce the number of visitors. Barcelona has imposed restrictions on foreign tourists this year, banning access to large groups in a market famous and suspending the issuance of new licenses for tourist accommodation.

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