Articles tagged “overtourism”

Some European Cities Don’t Want Tourism Caps Even as Congestion Problems Grow

Some European Cities Don’t Want Tourism Caps Even as Congestion Problems Grow

Dan Peltier and Patrick Whyte, Skift

Given how attitudes over tourism have been boiling over across Europe's hotspots in recent years, some of the findings in this report, such as residents not wanting tourism numbers to be capped, are very surprising.

16 hours ago

Asia-Pacific Tourism CEO Points to Bad Management — Not Overtourism — as Key Problem

Asia-Pacific Tourism CEO Points to Bad Management — Not Overtourism — as Key Problem

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Words as a means to define problems and trigger solutions are important. The label overtourism crystalizes a problem and serves as a call to action. We'd agree that a lack of capacity management is a big part of the problem, but the latter characterization hardly spurs the urgency the issue requires.

7 days ago

When Winter Tourism Getaways Become Summer Attractions

When Winter Tourism Getaways Become Summer Attractions

Colin Nagy, Skift

While once seen as just cold weather destinations, certain mountain towns in the Alps, the United States, and beyond are evolving their cultures and economies into year-round destinations with no compromise on things to do. Can they handle the crowds?

3 weeks ago

Denmark Is Heading Toward a Record Year for Tourism

Denmark Is Heading Toward a Record Year for Tourism

Nick Rigillo and Peter Levring, Bloomberg

Denmark ticks a lot of boxes for visitors, so it's not a big surprise to see the industry booming. But the country should be careful what it wishes for, given the problems elsewhere in Europe with overtourism.

4 weeks ago

The Genesis of Overtourism: Why We Came Up With the Term and What’s Happened Since

The Genesis of Overtourism: Why We Came Up With the Term and What’s Happened Since

Rafat Ali, Skift

We came up with “overtourism,” a simple portmanteau to appeal to people's baser instincts with an element of alarm and fear in it. That is the biggest reason why the term and its exploration by everyone has caught on.

1 month ago

UN Agency’s Latest Endangered List Leaves Out Many Sites Plagued by Overtourism

UN Agency’s Latest Endangered List Leaves Out Many Sites Plagued by Overtourism

Dan Peltier, Skift

UNESCO sites have to follow conservation and management criteria to maintain their designations, but many have slacked off over the years and put themselves at risk. Albeit, the organization doesn't view many of its most iconic sites most at risk from crowds as the most problematic.

2 months ago

New York’s Airbnb Regulatory Squeeze Highlights Business Model Risks

New York’s Airbnb Regulatory Squeeze Highlights Business Model Risks

Olivia Zaleski , Bloomberg

Airbnb is dependent on the goodwill of cities and for some it is a nuisance rather than a blessing. If others decide to copy New York then the home-rental company will have plenty of bridges to build ahead of its mooted IPO.

2 months ago

Meliá Hotels Wants to Address Overtourism by Focusing on Quality Over Quantity

Meliá Hotels Wants to Address Overtourism by Focusing on Quality Over Quantity

Hannah Sampson, Skift

The travel industry is still trying to figure out the best way to deal with overtourism — but just the fact that so many players are talking about the issue is a good thing.

2 months ago

The Philippines Aspires to Shift Visitors From Beaches to Culinary Tourism

The Philippines Aspires to Shift Visitors From Beaches to Culinary Tourism

Andreo Calonzo and Cecilia Yap , Bloomberg

The Philippines' new tourism chief is hoping that millennials will be inspired by social media sites like WeChat and Instagram to visit its culinary destinations as the government considers imposing quotas on beachgoers. Tourism officials worldwide will be watching to see how it turns out.

2 months ago

Why Norwegian Air Doesn’t Worry About Overtourism When It Chooses New Routes

Why Norwegian Air Doesn’t Worry About Overtourism When It Chooses New Routes

Brian Sumers, Skift

Norwegian Air CEO Bjorn Kjos doesn't care that some in Barcelona would prefer that the tourists stop coming. He can fill Boeing 787s at decent fares with Americans and Europeans who want to visit Spain. He has a business to run. Can we blame him for trying to maximize profits?

2 months ago

Overtourism Becomes a Burden for Thailand as It Breaks Visitor Records

Overtourism Becomes a Burden for Thailand as It Breaks Visitor Records

Natnicha Chuwiruch and Sunil Jagtiani, Bloomberg

Overtourism is a phrase Skift has championed to describe a phenomenon that's increasingly common and that requires industry attention. In Thailand, the number of annual visitors to the country has gone from 25 million four years ago to an expected 40 million next year.

2 months ago

What a Month of Bicycle Rides Through Valencia Reveals about Authenticity in Tourism

What a Month of Bicycle Rides Through Valencia Reveals about Authenticity in Tourism

Rebecca Stone, Skift

For all its imperfections, Valencia still has its spirit and a sense of authenticity that other destinations have lost in some ways in the age of overtourism. As the city fights to maintain equilibrium, it has a unique opportunity to set an example via the proper management of tourism. Don't put doors in the field. Set up bike lanes instead.

2 months ago