Not only the resort countries of the Mediterranean began to fight with tourists after the summer season. Berlin also joined the movement against tourists: We don’t want to see you, they said there as well. The main problem is that “low-quality” tourists come to the city, which disrupts the social order, and also that prices rise because of tourists.
“One of the goals of our strategy is to get rid of tourists who drink and wander from party to party, get drunk, make scenes, or pollute the environment,” Berlin activists say.
“Conscious” tourists who are ready to be interested in culture, to be interested in the city in general, to be in harmony with the city’s residents, to visit museums and go to regular cultural events, and most importantly – to spend more – are still ready to tolerate, but it is difficult to find them.
“Berliners are increasingly uncomfortable with the excessive tourist flow,” said Christian Tanzler of Berlin’s German tourism destination management and marketing agency Visit Berlin. Also, according to him, tourism mustn’t raise prices in the city.
Activities are being developed – tourists are trying to be “redistributed”, for example, with the help of the Going Local program used by Visit Berlin, tourists receive advice on other places worth visiting, apart from the familiar classic addresses. However, it is unlikely to affect low-quality tourists.
Fighting them with rising housing prices is unlikely to work, the Germans added, referring to the experience of Spain. The same Mallorca is trying to get rid of drunken tourists and party people, and by this goal, a significant jump in the quality of hotels has been achieved, and the number of 4- and 5-star hotels has increased dramatically. But despite the rise in prices in the region, party tourism continues in full swing.