Matthew Lynn’s London Eye: Tourism is Europe’s last great industry — so don’t drive visitors away

Across Spain, Croatia, Italy and now France, this summer has seen a growing rage against the tourists who swarm into those countries, block streets with their backpacks and selfie sticks, drive up the prices of apartments with their demand for Airbnb stays, and make it impossible to get a table at a café.

Tourists have become the bane of many of Europe’s most beautiful cities — and locals are looking for new ways to clamp down — or even restrict the numbers coming to visit.

This is a crazy response.

The truth is Europe needs tourists — lots of them — to keep its economy humming.

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