UNWTO & WTM Ministers to discuss ‘overtourism’

Published on : Friday, September 8, 2017

overLocals are protesting across many cities and resorts around the world that ‘overtourism’ or too many visitors are negatively impacting their lifestyle.

 

 

During WTM London 2017 to be held on Tuesday,  the UNWTO & WTM Ministers’ Summit will debate on the topic of ‘overtourism’.

 

 

Overtourism is the key issue in the industry at the moment, so it is right that we debate the topic. The same topic will be the key theme of World Responsible Tourism Day on November.  Responsible tourism will be featured across all the three days of WTM London.

 

 

Around 1.2 billion tripe were made in 2016 and the numbers will reach to 1.8 billion by 2030. The booming cruise industry, sharing economy has made tourism harder to mange.

 

 

Barcelona has 1.6 million residents but hosts 32 million tourist, the locals were discontent and saw anti-tourism protestors taking to street.

 

 

Venice has requested the government to ban the cruise ships and Santorini will be restricting its passengers to 8,000 in a day.

 

2017 is the United Nation’s International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Tourism generates 10% of the world’s  GDP and accounts for one in every 10 jobs. It is important to many countries’ economies and livelihood as 30% of the world trade in services.

 

Simon Press, WTM London senior director said that ‘overtourism’ should be properly addressed by the ministers and senior private sector leaders during the UNWTO and WTM Ministers’ Summit.

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One Response to UNWTO & WTM Ministers to discuss ‘overtourism’

  1. SUBHENDU BHATTACHARJEE says:

    The term ‘over tourism’ is applicable for the development of sustainable tourism.It is true that, In the world some of the tourist places where the population is less but in a particular time in a year the number tourists are more.
    It may create problem of over crowding and may create imbalance between nature and as well as social cultural resources of that particular place.
    we can easily explain it like a way that, for example,if in a particular room the capacity is 500 persons but if we allow more than like 600 or 700 or above then obviously can create problem.
    Therefore, in case of ‘over tourism’ we have to maintain CARRYING CAPACITY measurement for making sustainability of the particular tourist destination.
    If we protect tourist place for long term basis we have to make carrying capacity measurement of the tourist place for sustainability.

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