Palma mayor Antoni Noguera yesterday played down possible legal action against the town hall's prohibition of apartment holiday rentals.
The Fevitur national federation of holiday rental associations last week said that it was considering taking legal action, but Noguera argued that the town hall has acted in the general interest and with responsibility and diligence. The rentals regulation, he said, will be a "success for those who live (in Palma) and those who visit". He stressed the fact that the town hall has not prohibited holiday rentals but is saying where there can be rentals and where cannot be.
Asked about the use of turnstiles, the installation of which in Venice led to angry scenes at the weekend, the mayor said that such a system would not be possible in Palma and nor would it be satisfactory. He added that the debates which different cities are having are to do with knowing what load capacities should be in order to maintain success. The turnstiles, a temporary measure ahead of the May holiday, admitted residents or frequent visitors with a city pass, while tourists had to take other routes. Protesters tore down turnstiles at one of the checkpoints.
Tourism minister Bel Busquets, commenting on the same issue, noted that responsibility for the entrance of tourists via ports and airports lies with the state. She also said yesterday that there is as yet no plan to increase the number of tourism inspectors, although she suggested that there will be specific campaigns illegal holiday rental in Palma.
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