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Backlash over tourist numbers in Spain

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>> It attracts millions of foreigners every year, but now some Spaniards are turning against the never-ending stream of tourists to their shores. A minority protest in Mallorca has seen graffiti spring up saying, tourists go home. Reuters correspondent Sarah White went to meet them.>> We've already seen in the city such as Barcelona a little bit of a backlash among local residents who are worried that their city have been taken over by tourists, that whole neighborhoods are turning into holiday lets.
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In Barcelona for example, that had led to a rise in sort of, drunken holiday makers. In Palma de Mallorca it's a huge stop off for cruise ships. Locals are feeling a little bit inundated by people in the old town, for example.>> This year in particular, the country's attracting record numbers of tourists.
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They are shunning destinations like Tunisia, Egypt, and Turkey over security concerns. Over recent years, tourism's undeniably helped the country recover from recession and alleviate a jobs crisis. And with tourism making up to 12% of economic output and 16% of its jobs in Spain, the country can ill-afford a backlash.
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>> People aren't necessarily saying that we should see an end to tourism in Spain at all. But I think what they are demanding is possibly better management of the situation in some areas. Local authorities have looked into capping hotel licenses or of clampdown on services such as Airbnb.
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But it's difficult for them to act in any capacity, they don't want to overstep the mark and risk scaring tourists away in any way.>> From July, a tourism tax of up to 2 euros for overnight stays will be implemented in the Balearics, but even this has sparked an outcry among travel firms and hoteliers.
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Many say it could hurt revenues in the long run and spell disaster for everyone, from taxi drivers to souvenir sellers who rely on foreigners for their livelihood