Barcelona could gain 8% more of tourist accommodations

Barcelona could increase by 8% the number of tourist accommodation; to be more exact by 11.705; this means that it could reach up to 153.758 tourist lodging, But the new tourist accommodations will have to be located in peripheral areas or in developing areas.

The special urban plan of tourist accommodation (PEUAT) which aims to reduce the tourist impact, ensures that the more remote areas of the center – Sant Andreu and parts of Sants, Les Corts, Sarrià, Gràcia, Horta, Nou Barris y Sant Marti – where there is no saturation, could obtain 4.025 places for tourists. With regard to developing areas – La Marina del Prat Vermell, La Sagrera y el 22@ – could add 7.680 more.

In the center – Ciutat Vella, Poble Sec, the Vila de Gracia and parts of the Eixample y Sant Anotni – it will not be possible to open tourist accommodation even if the persons that have a license stop their activities. This is the area with the highest concentration of tourist accommodation with 50% of hotel rooms, 60% of lodgings and 80% of hostels.

 The area surrounding the center – the upper area of Gràcia and parts of Eixample, Sants, Les Corts, Sant Gervasi, the Guinardo and Sant Marti – if an establishment close down, it will be possible to open another establishment with the same number of places for tourists, in order to maintain the existing offer.

The plan also provides that tourist beds must be located in buildings exclusively for tourist use and that are located in the street of at least 8 meters wide.

As for the tourist flats, the number will be maintained, however, if a tourist flat; located in a congested area; stops using the license, it will be possible to open another one.

Translation from: 20Minutos 

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