Matilde Asián saying that the attorney-general will be investigating anti-tourism protests.


The tourism secretary-of-state, Matilde Asián, said yesterday that tourismphobia could damage Spain's tourism strength. The government has therefore instructed the state attorney-general to take action against attacks on tourism. An open debate on the model of tourism is legitimate, she noted, but these attacks can never be justified.

Tourism is very sensitive, and so any action generates a reaction and consequences. She therefore urged different public administrations to support an industry that creates wealth and employment. "Debate and dialogue yes, but never violent actions."

"Ideally, this conduct would be prevented. But once it occurs, it must be investigated. If there is any indication of a crime, it needs to be punished."

The future of Spain, she stated, lies with tourism. With regard to tour operator anxieties as to tourist "massification" and the diversion of tourists to other destinations, she said that the "hen of the golden eggs is not about to be killed". Spain's potential goes far beyond sun and beach destinations.

There are many areas that need opportunities from tourism, especially regions in the country's interior, she noted. It is the case, she accepted, that the likes of Barcelona and Palma, because of their attractiveness for sun and beach and the number of tourists they get, need to work to promote coexistence between tourists and residents.

She expressed her opposition to so-called moratoria, limits to tourist accommodation places and tourist taxes. "Yes, I agree with certain specific control but this must always take into account the benefits of tourism for generating wealth and employment. This is something that cannot be played with, " she observed, noting that powers for tourism have been transferred (to the regions) and need to be respected.

Asián expressed her willingness for there to be a debate about Spain's tourism model, though she has not as yet given a date for a meeting of the Spanish Tourism Council: something which parts of the industry have been urging. "There is a debate about the model in certain regions and it can count on the cooperation of the government."


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Liz / Hace over 3 years

Dawn you have chosen to live on an island that relies on tourism for its income, presumably you chose to live on the island for the very same reasons the tourists choose it for their holidays. How can you therefore complain about the noise generated by touristic activities. I suggest you move to a quieter area or put up with the noise.


Stuart Mead / Hace over 3 years

It seems that as Mallorca is going down the we hate tourists route it must be said that once they realise that they can't do without them the people who have chosen not to go there because of this won't come back as they will have found somewhere that likes them and is cheaper. Goodbye good times for the mallorcan people.


john hughes / Hace over 3 years

Barcelos plan to get rid of tourists is a success


sandy lentz / Hace over 3 years

no worries now ....Barcelo and ARRAN have achieved their objectives


dawn lane / Hace over 3 years

Since the new regime seems to be tackling everything from binge drinking to vandalism, how about cutting down on the god awful noise pollution that they allow to be played every night. This comes from every bar, hotel and restaurant and is played so loud that the residents cannot sit inside and watch television. Its obvious that no one on the Council have ever been to places where a quiet drink under the night stars is a memorable occasion for many tourists. Not many of us enjoy screeching music blasting out each night until 11 pm.


Andrew P / Hace over 3 years

After my latest holiday in Majorca in September, I will spend my money where it is appreciated from now on. In Scotland we make our visitors welcome, they create jobs and help grow our economy. None of this tourismphobia, time for these people to grow up, clearly they have too much time on their hands. Adios


Weldon / Hace over 3 years

After 26years of wonderful family holidays and over the past 10 years the change in Mallorca I sold our apartment st a loss just to get out of the diabolical holiday property system. Mallorca is starting to lose out and tourists will travel elsewhere! Sad as Mallorca is a wonderful diverse island with plenty of history, beautiful buildings and of course beautiful beaches with fab restaurants-tourists are getting "Pissed" off being accused of everything then not to forget Tourist Tax which Madrid was supposed to be investigating as it's against EU law? My Mallorca holidays might only be once a year now and maybe stop after 2019


juan love / Hace over 3 years

There are many cheating, scummy low life "Business people", on the island who think nothing of stealing money from British tourists or those who invest in their own business.

For this reason I will be glad to see less money spent on the island and to those who abuse its position.


John P / Hace over 3 years

Thanks son is looking to buy on the island and it would be for family holidays,big family,but have passed your comments on and he says not worth spending money on legal advice,will look elsewhere where they appreciate people spending money and creating employment


JDW22 / Hace over 3 years

After 10 straight years of holidays in Mallorca add me to the count of many that are now saying this is a step too far. I was half way through the purchase of an apartment for myself and my family to use. Only to be told today by my lawyer that nothing is clear and there's no guarantee that we won't be 'denounced' and fined even in the case of family who will be viewed as 'touristic' and impossible to prove otherwise. Too much sorry! That's already several thousand Euro a year and a nice hefty sum of property purchase tax that Spain will now not see. I foresee a property price crash in the Balearics!