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As anti-tourism marches spread across Europe, how not to be an ‘ugly American’ on vacation

“Locals vs. Tourists.” Coming to outdoor street theater near you.

Anti-tourism protests are taking place in cities and towns across Europe, including Mallorca and San Sebastian and Semana Grande in Spain. Locals also marched in Venice, The Guardian reported this week, protesting rising rents as visitors look on home-sharing sites like Airbnb and HomeAway.com. New York and San Francisco have also grappled with the influx of visitors staying in Airbnb rentals, which some locals say have pushed up rental prices in popular neighborhoods. New York has stricter rules than San Francisco about short-term rentals.

And they are the least of some residents’ worries every summer when tourists descend on their cities, with public drunkenness and, in some cases, graffiti on historic artifacts and buildings.

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