Barcelona invests 1.2 million in projects to try to decentralize tourism

  • The amount comes from the collection of the tourist tax and will go to programs in various districts of the city

  • Collboni welcomes the increase in the number of visitors to the Catalan capital and praises the sector for its “resilience”

The first deputy mayor, James Collboniand the Councilor for Tourism, Xavier Marchave announced this Thursday that Barcelona will allocate 1.2 million euros, part of what Barcelona receives for the tourist tax charged to visitors, to promote projects that seek to prevent visitors from concentrating in the same areas, which It is what generates the main inconvenience for citizens.

The amount announced corresponds to the activity of 2021, still weighed down by the pandemic, and therefore it will be higher next year, of about three million long. In 2019, Barcelona received 17 million for the tourist tax, half of what is collected, since the other falls on the Generalitat. This year, Marcé said, it is estimated that the council will receive eight million.

Collboni has praised the tourism sector for its “resilience.” A speech typical of the PSC and visibly distant from that of its partner, Barcelona en Comú. Something that was made clear days ago by the councilor of Ciutat Vella, Jordi Rabassa, when he abhorred the agglomeration of foreigners in his district during Holy Week. Rabassa has advocated again this Thursday to limit tourism, an issue that will be debated this Friday in the municipal plenary session.

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“We want tourism, quality, sustainable & rdquor ;, said the socialist. From January to March, more than 1.6 million stayed in Barcelona, ​​382.2% more than in 2021 and 33.6% less than in 2019, with a total of five million overnight stays, 283% more than a year ago and 26.4% less than three years ago.

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In the list of what will be done with the 1.2 million fThey include, among others, an item of 70,000 euros for the guided tour service of the old Modelo prison; 175,000 for the Viu Montjuïc program and for tourism sustainability in the Sants-Montjuïc district; 122,000 euros for tourist promotion in Les Corts; 140,000 euros to pacify nightlife in the squares of Gràcia; 40,000 euros for the management of the Turó de la Rovira anti-aircraft batteries area, and an identical amount to create a route based on the literary universes of Mercè Rodoreda and Juan Marsé.

Walk with Trias

Collboni has explained the walk he has done with former mayor Xavier Trias, which he has reported on Twitter by posting a photo with him. “I have a good personal relationship with all those who have been mayors of Barcelona, ​​also with those who are not from my party, and I believe that we must learn from those who have experience”.

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