Fritz Joussen ignores the threat of overtourism

Published on : Friday, August 11, 2017

Fritz JoussenThe tourism industry is gradually facing its repercussions. However, this is yet to panic-stricken the largest mass Tourism Company in the world.

Though, Fritz Joussen of TUI Group accepts that the constant growth of Spanish tourism is creating “a little bit of a challenge,” as majority of people are contented with the overall profit of the sector.

Debatably, Spain is the focal point of the overtourism debate along with Barcelona campaigners. Side by side, Balearic Island of Majorca is also intensifying their tourism attacks in recent months.

Joussen, who was communicating on Thursday after the company declared its third quarter results, explained that he knew about the problems.

“Spain is pretty full. Last year we had an all-time high in Spain and this time we will be on similar levels and it’s true because the tourism business is growing so strongly,” he said.
“Most people in Spain are very, very happy with the tourists because you see the Spanish economy [is] very strong, you see unemployment is going down particularly in youth, you see GDP is growing, the state deficit is a little bit [healthier].”

The constant growth of the tourism sector has actually aggravated the problem in Spain. Terror attacks in North Africa and the Middle East has influenced European visitors to consider safer destinations in the world. As per the figures published by the UNWTO, the number of arrivals of overseas tourists to Spain grew by 10.3 percent last year, making it the third favorite destination in the world.

And Spain is not alone in having to face up to the challenge: Amsterdam, Reykjavik and even the Scottish Isle of Skye are all wrestling with the idea of too many tourists.


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