It seems as if half the world wants more tourists to boost the economy, while those who have the most are getting very tired of them, leading to protests and restrictions in many popular places.
Mallorca and Ibiza in the Spanish Balearic Islands have now possibly outdone all the rest with new regulations capping the number of tourist beds, banning all rentals in residential buildings until new rules are written, and imposing fines that could reach €400,000 for violators.
The islands have long been heavily patronized by summer tourists, and have seen even more in recent years as North African and Middle Eastern sun spots have had issues with terrorism and instability. While the added visitors have helped Spain's economy recover to pre-slump levels, locals feel they are being pushed out of affordable housing.
The new regulations set a cap of a bit over 600,000 tourist beds (1 bed x 10 days=10 for this purpose). While free-standing and rural properties are exempt from the ban on rentals in residential buildings, they must be registered and licensed, as must all other rentals. Renting or listing without a license will trigger the big fines. It's on Airbnb and Homeaway to ensure their listings comply.
The plan for new rules and defined tourist-rental zones is expected to take at least a year to develop. But once the zones are set up, licenses will be issued only in buildings that meet safety regulations and have the consent of neighbors' associations.