Published on : Thursday, November 16, 2017
Venice in Italy is planning to reroute massive cruise liners, while Barcelona has cracked down on apartment rentals. Both the places are at the forefront of efforts to get a grip on “over-tourism,” a occurrence that is disrupting communities, imperiling cherished buildings and harming the experience of travelers and local residents alike.
Having the fear of tourism has become increasingly prevalent, particularly in European destinations where visitors crowd the same places at the same time.
Taleb Rifai, secretary-general of the United Nations’ World Tourism Organization, told tourism ministers and industry executives last week at the World Travel Market in London to wake up and solve the problem of over-tourism.
The resentment could rise as tourism increases. The United Nations’ World Tourism Organization predicts that there will be about 1.8 billion trips by 2030, up from 1.2 billion in 2016. Add in the 5 billion domestic trips now, and that is a lot of tourists.
The cheap airfares, best cruise deals and profitable accommodations are helping to gather more tourists. The cheap airfares help to consider the fuel the growth, along with massive growth in international travel from countries like China.
There are many destinations in Europe , which are relying on tourism as a primary source of jobs and prosperity.
The tourism there accounts for around 10 percent of the world’s annual GDP, bringing hard currency into many countries that desperately need it, like Greece.
But over tourism can also harm the quality of life for residents, with packed beaches, locals priced out of housing and congested streets in the narrow byways of European cities dating back to medieval times.
The longer term problems include environmental damage and the long-term sustainability of cities as feasible places to live and work.