One of the slogans that appeared in Palma last April. | Miquel A. Cañellas
At the Berlin ITB travel fair, the national tourism minister, Álvaro Nadal, said on Wednesday that Spain has always been an open country and its people have taken pride in being good hosts to visitors. He was responding to a journalist who suggested that there is a social rejection of tourist "saturation". Nadal attributed this to political forces rather than social ones and said that "Tourismphobia" was evident in only two regions - Catalonia and the Balearics. Biel Barceló, the Balearic tourism minister, took exception to what Nadal had to say.