Articles tagged “overtourism”

Overtourism at Italian Attractions Spurs Call for Visitor Limits

Overtourism at Italian Attractions Spurs Call for Visitor Limits

Isla Binnie, Reuters

Italy and other European countries suffering from what Skift has termed overtourism all understand that there's a problem, but very few actually know what to do about it or have yet to propose a sensible plan to manage crowds.

4 days ago

Amsterdam, Airbnb and the Very Real Problem of Overtourism

Amsterdam, Airbnb and the Very Real Problem of Overtourism

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Cities across Europe are wising up to the potential problem of too many tourists. Those tasked with marketing an "at risk" destination are going to have to work harder to spread tourism over a wider area in order to dilute the potential negative impact.

3 weeks ago

Sharing Economy Tensions Lead to Torched Cars in Spain

Sharing Economy Tensions Lead to Torched Cars in Spain

Thomas Gualtieri, Rodrigo Orihuela and Maria Tadeo, Bloomberg

These kinds of clashes will be almost inevitable until workers being displaced by new technologies get adequate retraining and employment opportunities to make a transition.

4 weeks ago

Overtourism and Lax Oversight Threaten Great Wall of China

Overtourism and Lax Oversight Threaten Great Wall of China

Steven Schwankert, Skift

The Great Wall of China doesn’t need Hollywood to remain one of the world’s wonders. But stampedes of Chinese tourists still threaten an edifice that northern armies failed to conquer.

1 month ago

Montenegro’s UNESCO Site May Lose Status Due to Overtourism

Montenegro’s UNESCO Site May Lose Status Due to Overtourism

Aleksandar Vasovic, Reuters

Overtourism isn't just an inconvenience; a destination could lose a tangible asset like UNESCO status.

1 month ago

Mount Everest to See Record Number of Climbers

Mount Everest to See Record Number of Climbers

Binaj Gurubacharya, Associated Press

Mount Everest seems ripe for overtourism. The difference here, rather than in Venice for example, is that overcrowding can be deadly.

2 months ago

Travel Industry Leaders Say Overtourism Caused by Lack of Planning

Travel Industry Leaders Say Overtourism Caused by Lack of Planning

Dan Peltier, Skift

In many destinations, tourism profits are "found" money with no strings attached. That's great for short-term gains, and so very terrible for long-term thinking.

2 months ago

Overtourism and Artificial Intelligence Spell Trouble for Icelandic Language

Overtourism and Artificial Intelligence Spell Trouble for Icelandic Language

Egill Bjarnason, Associated Press

We certainly hope that overtourism, which in Iceland requires the import of foreign tourism workers to handle the influx of travelers, doesn't doom the Icelandic language. There's nothing like watching a 'hundslappadrifa' with a bunch of locals talking about it in their native tongue.

2 months ago

Nearly Half of UNESCO Sites Don’t Have Plans to Manage Overtourism Challenges

Nearly Half of UNESCO Sites Don’t Have Plans to Manage Overtourism Challenges

Dan Peltier, Skift

UNESCO sites -- of all places -- should be the destinations taking leadership roles in tourism management planning as they're often the first place many tourists think about when deciding what to do on a trip. But data show that's far from reality for a variety of political and economic reasons.

2 months ago

6 Charts on How Bruges Residents Grudgingly See Overtourism’s Value

6 Charts on How Bruges Residents Grudgingly See Overtourism’s Value

Dan Peltier, Skift

Residents of Bruges support tourism and feel that it's economically necessary but they also feel that it negatively impacts their quality of life.

3 months ago

New Hotel at Mount Washington Summit Draws Ire of Environmental Groups

New Hotel at Mount Washington Summit Draws Ire of Environmental Groups

Michael Casey, Associated Press

Yet another overtourism case study in the careful balance of meeting tourism demands with the need to protect natural resources.

3 months ago

New Zealand Doesn’t Have Enough Hotel Rooms to Accommodate Crush of Tourists

New Zealand Doesn’t Have Enough Hotel Rooms to Accommodate Crush of Tourists

Tracy Withers and Matthew Brockett, Bloomberg

New Zealand needs to come to terms with its infrastructure problems in hospitality or it will be maxing out tourism opportunities. Although sometimes that can be a good thing if a destination gets overrun with visitors.

3 months ago