TOURIST BACKLASH: Ryanair forced to find new routes in face of Spanish holiday anger

The budget airliner said they will look to “diversify” the routes they transport tourists along amid outbreaks of angry protests by disgruntled residents sick of their home towns and cities becoming tourist traps.

Spain was placed under siege from violent protests as many resorted to anti-tourism slogans and graffiti throughout its tourist hubs this summer.

Barcelona and other Spanish regions including San Sebastian and Mallorca saw the worst of the backlash against the supposed mass tourism affecting their local culture, as the country experienced a record 75.6 million tourists just last year.

In Italy, locals in Venice called to cap the number of travellers allowed to enter the city as it struggles under the pressure from travellers.

During a meeting held in Madrid yesterday, Ryanair was urged to promote “alternative destinations” and “decentralise tourism” to stem so-called tourism-phobia.

It comes after the Irish airline announced five new routes from Madrid starting next summer. 

Kenny Jacobs, marketing manager, said the airliner would look to travel to other places including Italy’s Bergamo, Malta, Ireland and Madrid to avoid stoking more tension. 

The airline also called on hotel establishments to maintain “low costs” and hit out at tourism policies in Spanish areas, such as the Canary Islands, where “costs are out of the market”.

Last month around 20 young people affiliated with left-wing group Arran that supports Catalan independence burst into a restaurant in Palma de Mallorca.

The group disrupted around 70 diners inside the restaurant Mar de Nudos situated near to the cathedral by setting off firecrackers and threw confetti. 

While in Bilbao, northern Spain, another group sprayed paint across the headquarters of the Basque Country tourist board. 

The groups claim tourism is destroying Spanish cities, driving up rent and forcing out young people. 

The unhappiness surrounding the increase in tourism also hit the popular town of Dubrovnik in Croatia, where the mayor recently announced the use of cameras to limit the amount of travellers entering the tourist hotspot.

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