The affected businesses are demanding action against the illegal supply of beds for daily rentals.
There were many different voices and conflicting interests, but after more than three hours of meeting on the regulation of tourist accommodation in Barcelona it ended last night with some points of agreement. Particularly with regard to applying a regulation to the letter for each zone, depending on their current density of places of tourist accommodation to your number of visitors and its urban physiognomy. They also want more hard measures put in place against illegal stays, although the council has noted that this is another war and that the special plan in the works now aims to regulate the legal and future development.
It was the second multi-stakeholder meeting convened by the council with diverse voices Amfitrions representatives of Barcelona (which rent rooms in their homes and conducted a pre-meeting doors concentration), associations of shelters (Acatur) and tourist flats (Apartur and Prohut), the Barcelona Hotel Association, Friends of the Rambla, the management of travel agencies ACAV, the Consell de Gremis, Fundació Barcelona Commerce, Barcelona Open, CCOO, the Youth Council of Barcelona, Ecologistes in Thanksgiving, neighbors FAVB and Barris per Assemblea Sustainable Tourism (ABTS) … and the Official College of Architects of Catalunya.
A DIFFICULT BALANCE
Planning Councillor, Janet Sanz, finished the session satisfied by “consensus on indicators” and raised “unprecedented” format to try to agree on so many sectors, knowing that the plan “will not solve everything.” At the end of the month they will present a proposal for a regulation areas.
More than 50 participants were divided into three working groups and exposed their views on municipal proposals posed reduce, maintain or increase steadily accommodation units, depending on the characteristics of each area, as this newspaper reported Wednesday. In the new session, the Barcelona Hotel Association has pleaded not cut the tourist development of the city and thought that even slowing hotels, major tourist attractions involving saturation in some areas. In Apartur they have called decoupling tourism shortage of public housing and dealing with conflict illegal. Since supply more trade data requested in the debate on the contribution of tourism to the economic revitalization of the city. While the neighborhood has defended flank cut supply in some areas and has put on the table the effect of illegal offer on the involvement of public space. It has also complained of “little representation among lobbys” called, according to Hector Panizo, the ABTS. Everyone accepts regulate according to the saturation of the territory, but both neighbors represented as environmentalists require filters in the ‘virgin’ areas.