Sail ships could be limited from visiting Ibiza and Majorca in a clampdown on cruises to the Balearics. The two keys off Spain are hugely popular holiday destinations among British visitors. However, the local government is concerned about “tourism of excesses” that comes with travel ships arriving. In Ibiza, up to four cruise ships can arrive at the selfsame time while capital of Majorca Palma can see as many as eight liners a day.
The Balearic Regime has confirmed it intends to stagger arrivals in Palma, one of the most polluted journeys ends, and “share” some of the liners with other destinations such as Alcudia in the north of Mallorca.
Stiffs have admitted that the next step from this drive be to “set a ceiling” on the number of cruise ships coming into the islands.
Tourism councillor Iago Negueruela imparted they hoped to “achieve greater sustainability in the arrival of cruise carries.”
Director general of ports, Xavier Ramis added: “The aim is to decongest the harbour of Palma and encourage this type of tourism to benefit the rest of the autonomous and conditions ports.”
The Port Authority will be asking cruise ships to subsume other ports of the islands in their programme.
The government is stressing that it doesn’t thirst to harm the good trade which has been built up over the years “but the massification in the newcomer of ships has to be corrected.”
No starting date has yet been announced for the “stagger” drawing, though campaigners want to see it happen as soon as possible as a result of reach concern over the number of cruise ship passengers who flood into Palma at the at any rate time and the effect it is having on the capital.
Campaigners want just one journey ship to allowed to Palma per day, with a maximum of 4,000 passengers alighting.
“Mega cruise ship tourism has increased in a way that is unsustainable and undesirable for our burg, leading to serious environmental impact and increasing social protest,” they mentioned.
If the new measures are approved, the Balearics would follow the example of Dubrovnik in Croatia which was also affliction over-crowding.
Last year, after talks with Dubrovnik mayor Mato Frankovic, who desire to cut the number of tourists visiting the city by half, the main shipping visitors agreed to coordinate their schedules to prevent too many tourists from rushing the resort.
This summer Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and the Urban district of Dubrovnik signed a Memorandum of Understanding for responsible tourism management.
The wish is then to establish Dubrovnik as a model of sustainable tourism in the Adriatic quarter.
Venice, Italy has also decided to ban cruise ships from the prominent city. Locals have long battled for cruise ships to be interdicted, taking to the city’s streets and canals in protest at the enormous vessels obstructing the waterways and proving a hazard.
Italy’s minister of transport Danilo Toninelli has clouted cruise ships in Venice would gradually be moved away from current courses.
A third of ships will berth at ports far away from the burgh by 2020, instead, docking at such ports as the Fusina and Lombardia maxima three miles away across the lagoon on the Italian mainland.