Articles tagged “overtourism”

Prague Tourism Officials Want to Change Its Reputation as Europe’s Sin City

Prague Tourism Officials Want to Change Its Reputation as Europe’s Sin City

Lenka Ponikelska, Bloomberg

It'll probably take a lot more than the appointment of a Night Mayor to address the careful balance between attracting party-loving tourists and keeping locals happy.

7 days ago

Travel Megatrends 2019: Undertourism Is the New Overtourism

Travel Megatrends 2019: Undertourism Is the New Overtourism

Dan Peltier, Skift

Skift has covered every angle of the overtourism debate for the past three years and the more we’ve reported on destinations at capacity, the more we’ve realized those places are outnumbered by many others that understand tourism is about quality rather than quantity.

2 weeks ago

Indonesia Enjoyed Record Tourism in 2018

Indonesia Enjoyed Record Tourism in 2018

Tassia Sipahutar, Bloomberg

Indonesia never drew so many visitors as it did last year, especially from Malaysia and China. But the country still missed its target to draw 17 million visitors, after it was struck by multiple earthquakes and tsunamis. We wish it better luck, on all fronts, next year.

2 weeks ago

Bali Mulls How to Charge $10 Tax on Foreign Tourists

Bali Mulls How to Charge $10 Tax on Foreign Tourists

Abhishek Vishnoi, Bloomberg

Tourism revenue accounts for a vast majority of Bali's income, but the crowds take a toll on its resources and infrastructure. Now the provincial government will charge a toll of its own: a $10 tax on foreign visitors to help defray the impact.

1 month ago

Venice Will Start Charging an Entrance Fee to Day-Trippers to Combat Overtourism

Venice Will Start Charging an Entrance Fee to Day-Trippers to Combat Overtourism

Colleen Barry, Associated Press

Tourists who visit Venice for the day will be charged a fee; overnight visitors already pay a hotel tax. The fee will help defray costs and might to deter some visits. Any overall overtourism solution would have to address other issues, as well, such as the proliferation of short-term rentals.

2 months ago

Museums Face Overtourism Problems as They Tilt Toward Blockbuster Exhibitions

Museums Face Overtourism Problems as They Tilt Toward Blockbuster Exhibitions

Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

It's true — going to MoMA, the Louvre, or the Prado isn't enough anymore. The existence of blockbuster exhibitions is old news, but now it's easier than ever to discover and book these tours and activities.

2 months ago

Europe Working on New Tourism Brand Positioning: Value Not Volume

Europe Working on New Tourism Brand Positioning: Value Not Volume

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Europe is so popular as a tourist destination that it doesn't really need any help growing numbers. A move to concentrate on value is a sensible approach and one that will hopefully see the benefits spread to lesser-known destinations.

3 months ago

Philippines’ Boracay Island Reopens With New Rules to Help Stop Overtourism

Philippines’ Boracay Island Reopens With New Rules to Help Stop Overtourism

Cecilia Yap and Andreo Calonzo, Bloomberg

Boracay isn't messing around anymore as it looks to turn a new leaf and keep tourism growth in check. But there are still many questions on how will the island's tourism infrastructure will help prevent overtourism.

4 months ago

Tour Operators Push Off-Season Deals to Counter Overtourism

Tour Operators Push Off-Season Deals to Counter Overtourism

Dan Peltier, Skift

Tour operators addressing overtourism have essentially gone mainstream in recent years as more travelers have demanded alternatives to crowded city centers. In 2019, we will likely see more companies step in to do the right thing.

4 months ago

Wellness Newsletter: Athleisure and Hospitality Brands Tap Tech Trends to Keep Up

Wellness Newsletter: Athleisure and Hospitality Brands Tap Tech Trends to Keep Up

Leslie Barrie, Skift

New data show that the global wellness industry is on the rise: It’s now worth $4.2 trillion. Smart companies are innovating to stay ahead, exhibited by the Lululemon and Strava fitness-meets-digital partnership and Equinox’s move into luxury wellness tourism.

4 months ago

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.

5 months 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.

5 months ago