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Overtourism #3: Barcelona is heating up

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Published on 11/09/19 - Updated on 09/03/22

Vue aérienne de Barcelone, Espagne

While the last weekend of August ended with an air strike at Barcelona airport, Spain's second largest city and capital of Catalonia has an ambiguous relationship with tourism. Between a desire to develop and the fight against supposed overcrowding, a double discourse is emerging in this important centre for European tourism.

What the press and politicians are saying Spain is the second most popular tourist destination worldwide and welcomed 82.77 million international arrivals in 2018. Tourism accounts for 14.6% of the country's GDP, and represents a total of 150,000 jobs nationwide. Its annual economic impact is thus...

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