MPs to assess the local impact of ‘overtourism’ and global effects of travel industry

 Thursday, July 18, 2019 


The effects of travel and tourism will be assessed by the Environmental Audit Committee at Westminster and the impact of extreme visitor numbers in destination like Venice will be enquired along with the global effects of tourism considering the government’s commitment to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050.


Labour chair of the committee, Mary Creagh MP, said that families were looking forward to a well-earned holiday. But when when they book a cruise, flights or visit a popular tourist destination, it’s easy to forget about the environmental impact their holidays are having.

The effects of overtourism were reminded in the recent cruise ship collision and in the protests in Barcelona the damage caused to the environment and local quality of life.


According to Ms Creagh the travel and tourism industry adds five percent to global greenhouse emissions, putting the 2050 emissions target at risk.

They wanted to look closely at the government’s actions to ensure the economic, social and environmental impacts of tourism of tourism were minimized.


The fragile ecosystem can be damaged by the new tourism infrastructure while air and sea travel causes local air and water pollution.

Inbound tourism to the UK will be made more sustainable as the committee will look forward to make ways.

It will also look into if the British government will be taking responsibility for the impacts of the outbound tourism.

It will be taking actions to protect habitats and reduce impacts on communities and culture.

Affordable travel and influencing sustainable travel choices through taxation will also be tackled while the report is expected to be published early in 2020.

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