Articles tagged “overtourism”

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.

2 days 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.

6 days 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.

6 days ago

Montana Towns Argue for Resort Tax Hikes

Montana Towns Argue for Resort Tax Hikes

Bobby Caina Calvan, Associated Press

Booming traffic, or overtourism, to Montana's scenic jewels, such as Yellowstone and Glacier national parks, is stressing the small gateway towns.

7 days ago

Overtourism and the Struggle for Sustainable Tourism Development

Overtourism and the Struggle for Sustainable Tourism Development

Wouter Geerts, Euromonitor

Sustainability in tourism isn't just about re-using that hotel towel a second day. It's thinking deeply about how visitors get in and out of a destination while doing the least harm.

2 weeks ago

Barcelona Authorities Rebuff Airbnb’s Peace Offering

Barcelona Authorities Rebuff Airbnb’s Peace Offering

Maria Tadeo, Bloomberg

Airbnb’s spat with Barcelona looks like it has the potential to turn into a long-term issue. The question now, is whether the homesharing platform stands its ground, or gives in to the city’s demands.

2 months ago

Airbnb Seeks Truce With Barcelona in Battle Against Overtourism

Airbnb Seeks Truce With Barcelona in Battle Against Overtourism

Maria Tadeo, Bloomberg

Overtourism existed before Airbnb but there is no doubt that the home-sharing platform has made things harder for certain destinations like Barcelona. Cities are increasingly having to weigh the benefits of tourism against the pressure it puts on people actually living there.

2 months ago

Maui National Park Grapples With Overtourism

Maui National Park Grapples With Overtourism

Audrey McAvoy and Caleb Jones, Associated Press

The National Park Service is no stranger to overtourism in its most renowned parks. Requiring reservations and payment in advance may irritate some visitors to Maui, but if the NPS wants to preserve this valuable natural habitat for future travelers to enjoy, it doesn't have much choice.

2 months ago

Thailand Welcomed a Record 32 Million Overseas Tourists in 2016

Thailand Welcomed a Record 32 Million Overseas Tourists in 2016

Associated Press

Thailand has defied predictions of a drop in tourism after the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 2016 plunged the nation into a year of mourning and political uncertainty. The country is also becoming a case study of how destinations are getting smarter about solving overtourism, one of the megatrends Skift is tracking in 2017.

2 months ago

Protesters Rally in Barcelona Against Unchecked Tourism Growth

Protesters Rally in Barcelona Against Unchecked Tourism Growth

Associated Press

Barcelona has not been thinking long-term about its tourism growth, but now it's being forced to. Other destinations will certainly be watching.

2 months ago

Barcelona Issues Broad Ban on Tourism Growth in City Center

Barcelona Issues Broad Ban on Tourism Growth in City Center

Aritz Parra, Associated Press

Barcelona's lack of tourism management over the last decade has brought it to this point. It's unfortunate that neglect has led to extreme action, and it's hard to see how decisions made under pressure will be the best ones.

2 months ago

Travel Megatrends 2017: Overtourism Goes Mainstream

Travel Megatrends 2017: Overtourism Goes Mainstream

Jason Clampet, Skift

A global surge in tourism, driven by the growth of low-cost carriers and middle class families across the world who are beginning to vacation abroad, has had deep ramifications for the world’s most popular destinations. Some have tried to manage tourism by limiting the ability of tourists to stay in cities or pushing less popular areas as bona fide tourist destinations. The jury is still out on whether these destinations will be able to effectively manage tourism, or will continue to struggle in the face of mounting backlash from their citizens.

2 months ago