British tourists hit back after Majorca locals moan they’re being ‘colonised’ by visitors | World | News

British tourists have hit back after claims from locals in Majorca they’re being “colonised” by visitors.

Spain has been hit with a swathe of anti-tourism protests in recent months, with residents demanding caps on the number of people who can visit and purchase properties.

One recent protest, organised by Mallorca Platja Tour, encouraged locals to take back their beaches and “enjoy them as before” by going swimming.

But the protests have reportedly put off Brits from holidaying on the Spanish island, with 44 percent saying they’d think twice before booking a trip there, according to a poll by the Majorca Daily Bulletin.

One holidaymaker has dismissed the demonstrations on the island, which gets about 40 percent of its income from tourism, as “completely hypocritical.”

Speaking to The Sun, Zoe Kemp said: “They rely on tourists to survive. If you look around, everything is based on tourists. Places like Magaluf are advertised as cheap drinking holidays. We help the economy.”

But locals feel they’re being pushed out of their communities with house prices going up due to expats causing increasing prices.

After the Covid pandemic, many remote workers have been moving to Spain for a cheaper and sunnier life. Expats also often earn more than the locals.

Stickers have been plastered on buildings, reading: “More tourists? No thanks”, “Stop Tourism” and “Tourists go home — you are not welcome here.”

lícia Aguiló, spokeswoman for SOS Residents, an activist group co-ordinating rallies in Majorca, said that anti-tourism sentiments are rampant across Spain.

“They started in the Canaries. Now I see that in Ibiza they are beginning to mobilise. This is just the beginning. We will continue until politicians are willing to make changes.

“Majorca is being colonised by foreigners and greedy developers have turned the islands into a theme park for tourists.”

Tourists have also been urged by holiday companies to look elsewhere when booking their next trip, with TUI announcing that the Balearic Islands have “reached capacity”.

The CEO of TUI, Sebastian Ebel, 61, is encouraging holidaymakers to look at less crowded destinations such as Egypt and Turkey, as he says the Spanish archipelago cannot host any more tourists.

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