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Top European Destinations1.- London 45.953.317 bednights2.- Paris 36.877.033 bednights3.- Berlin 22.359.470 bednights4.- Rome 22.021.993 bednights5.- Madrid 16.366.927 bednights6.- Barcelona 15.529.218 bednights7.- St. Petersburgs 14.715.344 bednights8.- Prague 13.214.304 bednights9.- Vienna 12.246.204 bednights10.- Munich 11.738.112 bednights*BARCELONA is the first city in the ranking that is not a CAPITAL** (source : Europeancitesmarketing.com)*** According to IDESCAT (Catalan Goverment) the number of bednights in Barcelona are 16.838.857 for 2011, representing 7.633.852 tourist.
THE HOSTEL SITUATION But. . . Why ?1.- We are not included into the Tourist Dept.2.- We are included in the Youth area of theFamily and Social Welfare Dept. , so not really aTouristic area !!3.- We are between two Dept., and non of themcares about us. Non of them have resources forus.4.- Nobody takes the responsibility to shut downillegal properties.5.- The city council is swamped with work
THE HOSTEL SITUATION Our solutionIn March 2012, the CatalanAssociation of TouristicHostels (ACATUR) wascreated by the major hostelsplayers in town.It was created with only two main goals: - Help to regulate the sector - Contact with administrationsSo CLOSING the illegal properties !!
What we found: . 30 of them without any kind of license . Some of them with licenses like elders’ hospital, Students houses or Spanish Hostal, . . . . Some of them operating with 200 beds with a license of 23 beds . . . . . . . It’s a never ending list of examples . . . .
What we’ve done : . Meetings with all Administrations related to hostel industry . We have reported all this properties to ALL administrations. . More than 71 properties have been reported to the city authorities to be shut down.
Achievements : . For the first time ever, hostels are being listened by local authorities, we are respected. . For the first time ever, hostels have a unique voice and someone who represents them. . 23 hostels (2930 beds – 65% of the total) . Presence in the press and radio . Proceedings against illegal hostels have been opened. . Even the hotel industry has contacted us to work together.