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Madrid wins battle over 5-star hotel legislation in Canaries
The good relations between the Canaries and Madrid since the new regional government took up office in June look likely to be soured by the outcome of the legal proceedings brought by the Spanish authorities against their Canarian counterparts over the latter’s controversial ban on the building of all but 5-star new hotels.


Luxury hotels will not be the only ones built in the Canaries if Madrid has its way
Luxury hotels will not be the only ones built in the Canaries if Madrid has its way
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07.11.2015 - The rule, part of a wider series of measures enacted by the Canaries in the new Tourism Law designed to improve the quality of holiday accommodation in the islands, triggered a furious protest by Madrid on the grounds that it was a restriction on free enterprise and was totally unjustified. After a bitter dispute that went as high as the Constitutional Court, Madrid has now emerged victorious following the land’s highest judges’ ruling that the Canaries had no power to impose the ban.

In a hard-hitting judgement, the court said that the argument used by the Canarian government - that the ban on all but 5-star hotels was designed to help the environment by limiting the number of new establishments - was incoherent given that any new hotel would have an environmental impact.

Even though the Canaries have since amended the legislation slightly, the Constitutional Court said that it had to rule on the case because it involved a region attributing itself powers reserved to the state, in this case the regulation of competition.       



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