Barcelona City Hall has quietly extended for another year a moratorium on all new licences for tourist accommodation, including hotels and tourist rental flats in Barcelona.
The moratorium on new licences for tourist accommodation was due to expire in July this year, but the local press spotted a year-long extension published in the Official Bulletin of Barcelona province, where local laws are announced.
City officials questioned by the leading daily in Catalonia La Vanguardia say the extension is purely for “administrative” reasons, not part of new policy initiative.
They explain that the municipal government wants to keep a moratorium in place until a new law regulating tourist accommodation in Barcelona is passed.
City Hall has just approved the first draft of its Special Urban Plan for Tourist Accommodation,, or Plan Especial Urbanístico de Alojamientos Turísticos (PEUAT) in Spanish, which will determine how and where new tourist rental licences are granted in future.
Now comes 3 months of public consultation then political negotiations with other parties to get the PEUAT passed into local law, a process that shows every sign of being difficult.
Representatives from the tourism industry told La Vanguardia that Mayoress Ada Colau’s left-wing local Government is anti-tourism and working against the industry, which is turning off investors and undermining wealth-creation in the city.