Canarians protest against tourism – level 3

25-04-2024 07:00

In Spain’s Canary Islands, thousands of people have protested against mass tourism.

Protesters claim it’s overwhelming the islands. They’re calling for limits on tourist numbers and controls on what they see as harmful development. Despite this, they emphasize they’re not against tourism altogether, which is a significant part of the islands’ economy. Last year, 13.9 million tourists visited, six times more than the local population. The UK and Germany are the main markets. Protesters in the capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, held signs demanding respect for their land and limits on tourism. They’re frustrated that politicians prioritize building tourist complexes over residents’ needs.

Similar protests occurred in mainland Spain. Activists are advocating for a sustainable tourism model considering environmental impacts and social issues like poverty.

Difficult words: prioritize (to give a high priority to), advocate (to publicly support or recommend).

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What are some of the key concerns and demands of protesters in Spain's Canary Islands and mainland regarding mass tourism?


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