Published on : Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Would you agree in exploring Japan without seeing Mount Fuji, or visit Spain without walking around Las Ramblas in Barcelona, or may be tour Italy and not stopover Venice? People all over the world are now taking more trips to these places than ever before.
As a result of which overcrowding is posing real threat for these places along with their residents.
It is not true that travel doesn’t usher in benefits. “Tourism is a force for good in the world, creating jobs and economic growth,” says Gloria Guevara, president and CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).
As per the recent figures, 2017 showed that travel and tourism contributed almost US$7.9 trillion to the world economy. Currently, tourism generates a mighty 10 percent of the world GDP, according to the United Nations, which reports that over 1.2 billion visitors travelled internationally back in 2016. By the year 2030, that statistics is anticipated to grow to 1.8 billion.
The result of insatiable appetite of the travelers to discover the places has been underlined in a new report from the World Travel & Tourism Council.
The negative effect on Barcelona, the poster city for tourism in Spain, wherein the mayor of the city ran for election in terms of managing overcrowding after the locals protested about increasing rents and rowdy tourists taking over the city centre.
“Growth is not the enemy (and) growing numbers are not the enemy – growth is the eternal story of mankind,” said Taleb Rifai, UNWTO secretary general. “We cannot continue to build five-star hotels in three-star communities,” he said. “Jobs and charity are not enough – we need to diversify visitors’ activities, reduce seasonality and raise awareness of less busy destinations.”