The Take: Why is tourism a problem in Barcelona?

A mass demonstration seeks to claim back Barcelona for its residents.

A man ties protest banners that read 'No more tourist flats' on the balcony of a building that was converted for tourist use in the Sants neighbourhood in Barcelona, Spain, on May 19, 2023 [Albert Gea/Reuters]

Locals are fighting to reclaim their city from tourism in a mass demonstration in Barcelona on July 6. The tourism boom has impacted local life, housing and culture, pushing the city to the brink.

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This episode was produced by Marcos Bartolomé, with Amy Walters, Mohammed Zain Shafi Khan, Manahil Naveed, Veronique Eshaya, Ashish Malhotra, Duha Mossad, and our host, Malika Bilal. 

Our sound designer is Alex Roldan. Our lead of audience development and engagement is Aya Elmileik. Munera Al Dosari and Adam Abou-Gad are our engagement producers.

Alexandra Locke is The Take’s executive producer. Ney Alvarez is Al Jazeera’s head of audio.

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Source: Al Jazeera