Palma to limit cruise ships to protect itself from overtourism

Cruise ship in the port of Palma. Source: Rene Cortin via Wikimedia CC BY-SA 4.0
Cruise ship in the port of Palma. Source: Rene Cortin via Wikimedia CC BY-SA 4.0

Arrivals at Palma in Mallorca would be limited when possible to three cruise ships a day, one of the vessels allowed to be a mega-cruise liner carrying more than 5,000 people, starting in 2022.

Spanish officials call the deal ‘historic’, the Guardian writes. They estimate that it would result in a 13% drop in arrivals compared with 2019.

In 2019, more than 25 organisations joined forces to call for the vessels to be limited to one arrival a day with a maximum of 4,000 tourists.

The Guardian quotes their manifesto: “The mega-cruise ship tourism arriving in Palma has grown in a way that is unsustainable and undesirable for our city, leading to serious environmental impact and increasing social protest. (…) Tourist overcrowding devalues our historical and cultural heritage, converting urban space into a theme park for visitors only and degrading the tourist experience for others.”

Read the full article on the Guardian website.

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