Published on : Monday, June 17, 2019
Overtourism has become Oxford Dictionary’s 2018 Words of the Year. The new report of World Tourism and Travel Council (WTTC) reveals the 50 cities which are most at risk of the phenomenon over the next 10 years. It identifies places most at risk, based on projected growth coupled with a lack of infrastructure to deal with the oncoming tourism boom.
The cities most at risk of overtourism are Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Istanbul, Turkey; Manila, Philippines; Jakarta, Indonesia; Cairo, Egypt; Delhi, India; Bangkok, Thailand; Bogota, Colombia; Mumbai, India; Moscow, Russia; and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
The report Part of Destination 2030: Global Cities’ Readiness for Tourism Growth scores cities on their “urban readiness” for growth. It combines assessments of labour, infrastructure, environment and stability with the visitor growth forecast between 2017-2027. A low score in the former and a high one in the latter marks a country at risk of overtourism, badly placed to cope with the increased strain on resources that will likely accompany higher tourist numbers.
The travel and tourism sector accounts for 10.4 per cent of global GDP, as per the report, but it warns that cities need to learn how to develop sustainable tourism plans.
For a city to truly thrive and for travel and tourism to develop in a sustainable manner, city planning authorities, developers, investors, legislators and community groups need to understand how ready the city is to support the future expected growth in tourism and the resulting challenges and opportunities that it may face.