FURIOUS locals in one of Spain’s most popular tourist spots have advocated a cap on tourists in a survey considering the effect of cheap mass tourism.
The Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca was visited by 10,271,000 tourists in 2017, almost two-and-a-half million of those tourists were British and 4,439,000 were German tourists.
A new survey by market research firm Gadeso has revealed that 60 per cent of Mallorca’s residents agreed with the statement: “The Balearic island is unable to absorb more tourists because it is not sustainable.”
60 per cent of locals also agreed: “More tourists is not synonymous with more wealth.”
When surveyed, 75 per cent of participants agreed Mallorca felt overcrowded in the summer, especially in the beaches and on the roads.
Sixty per cent advocated placing an annual limit on tourist numbers on the island.
Tourist resorts such as Magaluf have been heavily criticised by locals and have gained a poor reputation for the presence of drugs and alcohol driven anti-social behaviour which frequently leads to violence.
Sixty-three per cent of residents answered in favour of increasing the tourist tax on the island in an initiative to compensate locals.