Articles tagged “overtourism”

A Case for Stronger Partnerships Between Global Cities and Airbnb

A Case for Stronger Partnerships Between Global Cities and Airbnb

Noah Smith, Bloomberg

This columnist notes the connection between Airbnb and gentrification in cities across the world, but it is probably naive to say that a stronger relationship between the two will result in a positive impact on local communities. Cities should care more about their residents than the whims of bargain-hungry travelers or the growth goals of a hospitality company.

3 days ago

Airbnb Launching an Effort to Address Overtourism It Helped Create

Airbnb Launching an Effort to Address Overtourism It Helped Create

Dan Peltier, Skift

The Airbnb effect has helped transform many neighborhoods around the world, and some before they were fully ready for mass tourism. The company is acknowledging that it knows it has an impact. But let's see if major cities where the real problems exist will get the same treatment as rural villages in Africa.

4 days ago

Cities Take Baby Steps to Address Overtourism This Summer

Cities Take Baby Steps to Address Overtourism This Summer

Dan Peltier, Skift

It took years for overtourism to happen in some destinations and the problem won't be solved overnight or this year. But to start, destinations could begin paying tourism workers more fairly and give locals more access to programs and services that tourism revenue supposedly helps to fund.

3 weeks ago

Thailand Gives Beach Made Famous by Hollywood Movie a Break From Tourists

Thailand Gives Beach Made Famous by Hollywood Movie a Break From Tourists

Tassanee Vejpongsa, Associated Press

It has taken Thailand almost 20 years to realize that it might make sense to limit the number of people visiting Maya Bay. A good reminder that overtourism isn't a new phenomenon.

3 weeks ago

Philippines Tourism Goal May Be Casualty of Decision to Close an Island

Philippines Tourism Goal May Be Casualty of Decision to Close an Island

Andreo Calonzo and Ditas Lopez, Bloomberg

Sustainable tourism growth is difficult to achieve because most tourism boards won't slow down, take a beat, and withstand a temporary drop in visitation in the name of long-term improvement. The Philippines is smart to do this reparative work.

4 weeks ago

Thailand Tourism Gets Surge of Chinese Visitors After Overtourism Measures Eased

Thailand Tourism Gets Surge of Chinese Visitors After Overtourism Measures Eased

Supunnabul Suwannakij, Bloomberg

Chinese "zero-dollar" tours may be great for Thailand's visitation numbers, but the original problems remain. Tourists get treated poorly, overtourism swells, and much of the money flows back into China instead of the Thai economy.

1 month ago

Overtourism Countermeasures Include Limits on Cruise Ships and Short-Term Rentals

Overtourism Countermeasures Include Limits on Cruise Ships and Short-Term Rentals

Patrick Whyte, Skift

We've been talking about overtourism for a while now and it's good to see cities getting more creative when it comes to managing numbers. Visitors are going to keep coming to the likes of Barcelona, Dubrovnik, and Amsterdam, and therefore these places are going to have to get smarter about managing the flow of people, whether they already live there or not.

1 month ago

U.S. National Parks Still Aren’t Sure How to Deal With Overtourism

U.S. National Parks Still Aren’t Sure How to Deal With Overtourism

Dan Peltier, Skift

The park service has dramatically changed its tune during the past year and acknowledged that overtourism is something it must address – all while its leadership has stirred trouble. But the parks have a long road to travel before they can command a reasonable balance of visitors who won't cause a conservation nightmare.

2 months ago

8 Adventure Spots That Are Crowd-Free Alternatives to Overtourism

8 Adventure Spots That Are Crowd-Free Alternatives to Overtourism

Meera Dattani, Bloomberg

These eight adventure destinations from Africa to Australia to Antarctica will blow your mind with their untrammeled beauty.

2 months ago

UK Government Doesn’t Think It Has an Overtourism Problem

UK Government Doesn’t Think It Has an Overtourism Problem

Patrick Whyte, Skift

It might be true that London isn't in the same boat as Venice or Prague, but there are plenty of areas finding it difficult to balance the demands of tourists and locals.

3 months ago

Iceland Airport Will Get a $1 Billion Upgrade to Cope With Tourism Boom

Iceland Airport Will Get a $1 Billion Upgrade to Cope With Tourism Boom

Ragnhildur Sigurdardottir, Bloomberg

When the U.S. military built Keflavik airport in the middle of World War Two, nobody would have thought that Iceland would go on to become a major tourist destination. Expanding it therefore makes sense, but the country also needs to consider how other parts of the island will cope with millions more visitors.

3 months ago

Overtourism Remains a Concern in Jeju Island Even as Chinese Travel Drops

Overtourism Remains a Concern in Jeju Island Even as Chinese Travel Drops

Mason Hinsdale, Jing Travel

Like destinations around the world, South Korea is trying to figure out the best way to manage tourism. In the case of Jeju Island, local residents and government leaders have different priorities.

3 months ago