Published on : Friday, September 8, 2017
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.