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MADRID, 12 Aug. /TASS/. Barcelona staged Saturday a protest against the influx of tourists. This was reported by the newspaper El Pais.

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According to her, about 200 citizens have “occupied” the beach in Barceloneta in the Old town. The protesters brought with them placards on which was written: “La Barceloneta is not for sale,” “We don’t want lodgings for travelers” and others. Previously, similar actions have already passed in the Catalan capital, the Balearic Islands and the Basque Country.

Barcelona is a popular holiday destination as the Spaniards, and foreigners. In April this year the authorities of the Catalan capital, has presented a report according to which in 2016 the number of residents of the Spa town, which asked to limit the flow of tourists . Thus, the number of residents who consider that there has been a ceiling on the service of tourists (48,9%) exceeded the number of residents who are confident in the need to attract more visitors (47.5 per cent).

Spain in 2016 has set a new record for the number of foreign tourists visiting the country. As reported by the organization Frontur, which monitors the arrival of foreigners for 12 months in Spain visited 75.6 million guests from abroad, which is 10.3% more than in 2015.