Europe

Croatia Wants to Lure Bigger Spenders to Help Curb Overtourism

Croatia Wants to Lure Bigger Spenders to Help Curb Overtourism

Jasmina Kuzmanovic, Bloomberg

More destinations are realizing that while it's nice to see plenty of tourists enjoying the sites, their bottom lines really boil down to how much those people are spending rather than how many are hitting the streets.

1 month ago

Spanish Tourism Is a Lot Bigger Than Barcelona and Will Bounce Back Soon

Spanish Tourism Is a Lot Bigger Than Barcelona and Will Bounce Back Soon

Thomas Seal, Christopher Jasper and Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

Human beings are adaptable animals and traveler behavior — for better or worse — may be shifting toward getting somewhat used to attacks in Europe, and proceeding with trips anyway especially when the attacks may impact particular cities rather than entire countries.

1 month ago

Tourists and Locals Return to Barcelona’s Las Ramblas After Attack

Tourists and Locals Return to Barcelona’s Las Ramblas After Attack

Albert Stumm, Associated Press

During a summer in which we all asked if Barcelona was broken, the city’s response to a terrifying event argues loudly that it is as resilient as ever.

1 month ago

Van Plows Into Crowd in Barcelona Tourism Area, 13 Dead

Van Plows Into Crowd in Barcelona Tourism Area, 13 Dead

Associated Press

The area was crowded with Barcelona residents and tourists at the time of the incident. Thirteen are confirmed dead and the death toll is likely to mount.

1 month ago

Barcelona Is Trying to Come to Terms With Its Overtourism Problem

Barcelona Is Trying to Come to Terms With Its Overtourism Problem

Charles Penty and Maria Tadeo, Bloomberg

The backlash against tourism in Barcelona is building. Authorities in the city are trying to quell the anger by bringing in certain restrictions but at the moment it doesn’t seem to be working.

1 month ago

UK Is Trying to Find a Solution to the Irish Border Problem Ahead of Brexit

UK Is Trying to Find a Solution to the Irish Border Problem Ahead of Brexit

Alex Morales and Peter Flanagan, Bloomberg

There is a huge amount of movement between the Republic of Ireland and the UK via the border with Northern Ireland. Nobody wants to see this restricted as a result of Brexit but coming up with a solution that satisfies both sides is going to be very, very difficult.

1 month ago

Overtourism Issues Can No Longer Be Brushed Aside as Someone Else’s Problem

Overtourism Issues Can No Longer Be Brushed Aside as Someone Else’s Problem

Wouter Geerts, Euromonitor

After a couple of years bubbling below the surface, the overtourism concept has broken into mainstream public consciousness this summer. Tourist boards and travel companies can no longer deny its existence; there is an urgent need for these groups to work with destinations to ensure a better balance.

1 month ago

Albania Tourism Cautiously Invites Visitors But Is Mindful About Overtourism

Albania Tourism Cautiously Invites Visitors But Is Mindful About Overtourism

Elena Becatoros, Associated Press

Eager to welcome tourists but mindful of the perils of overtourism, Albania hopes it can attract tourists to its more remote villages.

1 month ago

Barcelona Residents Mount Beach Protest Against Overtourism

Barcelona Residents Mount Beach Protest Against Overtourism

Associated Press

The protests in Barcelona have escalated from peaceful demonstrations to rental bikes getting sabotaged and more. The tourism industry at its highest levels is going to have to address overtourism and sustainability or this festering issue will reach crisis proportions.

1 month ago

Vacations Are Not Practical for Many Europeans

Vacations Are Not Practical for Many Europeans

Jana Randow, Bloomberg

Europe is the most-visited tourist destination on the planet but it is easy to forget that residents in many of its countries have to — out of economic necessity — deal with staycations, if anything. Could this contribute to anti-tourism sentiment?

1 month ago

Irish Countryside Hotels Are Getting a Boost Thanks to Brexit

Irish Countryside Hotels Are Getting a Boost Thanks to Brexit

Ross Kenneth Urken, Bloomberg

Growth in international luxury tourism demand has helped offset the Brexit-based decline in UK travel to Ireland.

2 months ago

Albania Competes for Visitors by Splashing Out on Scuba Diving Industry

Albania Competes for Visitors by Splashing Out on Scuba Diving Industry

Elena Becatoros, Associated Press

Albania expects its tourist numbers to rise 15 percent this year. To keep that up, it will need to be creative, like with this clever promotion of its underwater, coastal attractions.

2 months ago