Published on : Monday, October 23, 2017
The much talked about UK press this summer made ‘overtourism’. Objection in cities like Barcelona, Majorca and Venice emphasized a wide array of problems associated in terms with tourism and tourists: demands on rents, retreating of the local traditions and culture, pedestrian bottlenecks and ill behaviour. Places as diverse as Dubrovnik, the Isle of Skye, Cambridge and Venice have also been reported as victims of overtourism.
So far the reporting on this has been the least, accentuated the negatives. Suzanne Moore wrote in the Guardian: ‘I don’t mean to ruin your holiday, but Europe hates tourists – and with good reason.’ Of course this is patently untrue. The vast majority of people see others as individuals, and see no reason to hate tourists, who bring with them money, fashion, development and culture.’
Moore continues: ‘You are not wanted. You are killing the thing you love. You are ruining everything. You are demanding and noisy and you drink too much. You think the locals are pleased to see you, but they are not. You are, in other words, a tourist.’
Moore not only criticizes mass tourism, she has virtually taken a pledge to what has turned into a commonplace disparagement for all visitors. This involves even the people who are keen on doing positive things via charity work at the same time having an adventure – she blame them of trying to show that they ‘care more than everybody else’. Fashionable virtue-signaling via ethical holiday choices has recently been put back by a general cynicism with all global travel. A negative view of humanity gets expressed in the concept of overtourism.
This negativity expands further than social commentators to some in the travel arena. Industry insider and World Tourism Organisation schmoozer Valere Tjolle wrote: ‘The black side of tourism has finally hit the global headlines. Maybe adverse publicity will reduce business, certainly it will spark more riots in more destinations, possibly it will cause destination politicians to seek sustainable solutions.’
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