UK parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee to launch an inquiry into the cost of tourism to the environment

Published on : Saturday, July 20, 2019

The UK parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee will launch an inquiry into the cost of tourism to the environment.

 

The announcement spoke about various effects of overtourism, including carbon emissions, resource degradation, the decline of cultural sites, and negative impacts on the housing market.

 

Chair of the committee, Mary Creagh, Member of Parliament, said that the recent cruise ship collision in Venice as well as local protests in highly-affected cities like Barcelona has brought the issue of overtourism to the forefront.

 

“The industry adds five percent to global greenhouse emissions, putting our net zero by 2050 target at risk,” Creagh said. “While there are some sustainable practices, we want to look closely at the Government’s actions to ensure the economic, social and environmental impacts of tourism are minimized.”

 

The UK is one of the top five travel markets in the world, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council, welcoming 38 million visitors in 2018. Last month, outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May said that the industry needs to stay globally competitive amidst Brexit.

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