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first_imgIt might be great for the economy, but tourism seems to have been particularly irritating this northern summer for many European destinations.Rome, Milan, Florence, Venice, Paris, Hvar in Croatia, Athens – and now Barcelona in Spain – some of the destinations recently forced to take action to regulate tourist behaviour in the wake of their citizens’ discontent.Barcelona has joined the growing voices of anti-tourism sentiment this summer. On Tuesday, a group of protesters there slashed tyres on locked tourist bikes that sit in public bike racks and can be accessed via a smartphone app – in a deliberate act of sabotage.Last week, anti-tourism protesters in the city targeted an open-top tour bus as it pulled up outside the Camp Nou stadium of the city’s iconic football team FC Barcelona. The bus tyres were slashed, and passengers were harangued, many of them children who were distressed by the angry and unexpected assault. The attackers also sprayed the bus with the words ‘El Turisme Mata Els Barris’ – “Tourism Kills Neighbourhoods.”Locals and officials in Venice also say they are fed up with bulk tourism – cruise ship passengers taking shore excursions en masse and the culture of what Italy’s culture minister, Dario Franceschini, calls ‘eat and flee’ tourism. Europetouristslast_img