Three women have been filmed on a drunken rampage following a night out in the Spanish resort of Marbella.
Locals say they are getting fed up with the ‘destruction’ that comes with holidaymakers at the tourist hotspot – a favourite with reality TV starts from The Only Way Is Essex.
The shocking video footage was filmed outside an apartment building in the Costa del Sol town, amid growing Spanish anger at Airbnb-style holiday rentals.
In the footage the trio, thought to be from Sweden, are seen loudly talking on the street, with one of them leaning over a drain as if preparing to vomit, before a man calls out to them from his window.
Almost instantly the women unleash a barrage of profanity in his direction, screaming and tearing down a potted tree at the building’s entrance.
One of the them is then trapped under the fallen tree, which is subsequently dragged around and torn to pieces as the trio continue swearing.
The woman filming the scene can be heard saying: “This is what happens when you rent a flat out to tourists”.
Reacting to the footage, locals expressed their outrage.
Daniel Morgado said: “Every year starts the season of drinking, destruction, fights, accidents, etc… Marbella I don’t recognize you.”
Amal Marbellera added: “Tourism doesn’t bring money, it brings ruin.
“See if the city council reacts. We spend money to take care of our city, only to let these b*****s smash everything.”
Marbella, which has been the backdrop to multiple episodes of ITV’s TOWIE, is a big draw for tourists from Northern Europe.
However, many holiday hotspots in Spain have been clamping down on landlords letting out apartments to vacationers.
Experts agree that the backlash is partly down to anti-social behaviour, and partly down to rental apartments driving up property prices for locals.
Dr Karl McLaughlin, a Spanish lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, has written about the rising tide of anti-tourism in Spain.
He said: “There are two strands to it.
“One is the gentrification issue where locals are being priced out of the housing market because of the Airbnb-type approach to letting rather than standard monthly rentals.
“The second problem is when you have an apartment in a residential block that a neighbour uses for tourism – and of course they would rent to almost anybody.
“As you saw from that video, that can mean people causing trouble and getting drunk, and that’s really annoyed people – they don’t sleep at night.”
Dr Michael O’Regan, a lecturer in events and leisure at Bournemouth University, said authorities and businesses had some share of the blame.
He said: “Politicians, columnists and scholars have tended to concentrate on highly visible tourist phenomena caught on video and shared on social media, while neglecting what is not easily visible.
“The real struggle is not with tourists, but those authorities and businesses who facilitate late night drinking.
“It’s with the lack of resources for police, enforcement of existing laws, and actually solving the problems of living in tourist destinations, like illegal Airbnb rentals and illegal taxis.”
The Costa Del Sol police has been contacted for comment.
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