Canary Islands: Thousands join protests to call for limit on tourism numbers

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Thousands of people marched on the streets of the Canary Islands, waving flags and holding signs, one of which read ‘Tourist it’s our home’ - watch below.

Thousands of people have joined protests on the Canary Islands to call for a limit on tourism numbers.

Protesters are reportedly calling for a temporary limit on visitor numbers to ease pressure on the islands' infrastructure and housing situation. 13.9 million people visited the islands in 2023. Tourism accounts for around 35% of the archipelago’s GDP and brought in €16.9bn in 2022.

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Protests took place in Lanzarote, Tenerife, Fuerteventura, La Palma and Gran Canaria on April 20.

David Gainford, Canary Islands resident of 20 years and tour operator at, says he is yet to find someone who lives or works on the islands who doesn’t benefit from tourism.

David believes the biggest issue on the islands is a lack of housing for locals, with many struggling to get on the property ladder. A draft law tightening the rules on short-term lets is expected to be passed this year.

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