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Published on : Thursday, July 6, 2017
The tiny island that is based in the Bay of Naples once used to be reputed as the favorite haunt of Hollywood stars as well as literary figures like DH Lawrence, Graham Greene. But currently, it is thronged by over two million tourists.
During the height of summer season, as much as up to 15,000 tourists used to arrive in this part of the world each day.
And, many of the cruise travellers and package tourists used to be led around in large groups. About 80% of them are day trippers who generally arrive here via boats from Sorrento and Naples. Unfortunately, they end up clogging the narrow alleyways and small piazzas of the main settlement of this island, also referred to as Capri, prior to returning to the mainland.
Giovanni De Martino, the mayor of this region told one of the news media platforms that right now Capri is likely to explode due to the crazy influx of tourists.
Capri confronts with the same complexities as Cinque Terre coastline of northern Italy, Santorini, Dubrovnik and Venice. Mr. De Matrino has recently made efforts to be in contact with the mayors in Venice and Cinque Terre with an aim to share ideas and plans on how to best deal with the challenges of mass tourism here.
He has suggested that the utilization of hydrofoils and ferries might possibly help manage the problem to some extent.
The official regulations assert that there should be at least a gap of about 10 minutes between the arrival of one vessel and the other. However, the ferry companies constantly violate these rules, as per the mayor’s account, since they tend to unload a large number of tourists during the rush hour of mornings.
Another process that might ease the pressure of mass tourists on this region is that people must be persuaded to spend at least a night on this island. This would leave them enough time to check out the other portions of the island instead of crowding into Capri Town.
Capri and other tourist locales are reeling under the tourism strain because tourism in Italy is booming this year since the concerns about civil strife and terrorism had restricted people from popular tourist destinations like Turkey, Tunisia and Egypt. After all, Italy is a safe haven, steering clear of all kinds of riots and revolutions that had shaken safety in the other nations in the Mediterranean.
Italy expects to lure about 400 million hotel bed occupancies this year placing it behind Spain with 454 million occupancies in 2016.