Tourist Tuesday, 12/12/17

“Mass tourism has tipped into overtourism — a word the travel industry has coined to describe too many people in too few places — and backlash in popular destinations is building. In Amsterdam, the mayor has blocked any new souvenir stores or fast-food outlets in the central city. In Barcelona — now the third most popular destination in Europe after London and Paris — there is a ban on new vacation homes. In Venice, protesters blocked a cruise ship from entering the lagoon to dock. Even the pilgrimage Way of St. James has become so overrun that local residents accost hikers with very un-Christian remarks.” …


“Hotels are raising prices and some municipalities are raising tourist taxes to curb the influx, but the home-sharing alternatives undermine that effort. Would restricting budget airlines stem the tide by making access more expensive? Could travel agents do a better job of convincing visitors to come in off-peak seasons? While tourism agencies are excellent at promoting their regions to outsiders, what if they had more responsibility for the management of all those travelers? There’s no easy answer for the question of how to deal with the crush of people in a planet growing ever smaller.”

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4 thoughts on “Tourist Tuesday, 12/12/17

  1. People used to spend their money on “stuff.” Then we criticized the wastefulness of consumerism. Today’s young folks in their 20s and 30s got the message, since having “experiences” was less “wasteful” than having “stuff.”

    Now we complain that there are too many tourists, so what now? Raising prices can reduce the number of tourists, but then only those with greater income or wealth can enjoy those places. Is that what we want, for some of the great places in the world to only be for the 1% and the lucky few who bought homes there before prices went up?

  2. I don’t know what the answer is. I was lucky enough to visit many of the national parks in the 70s before they were mobbed. This planet is being overrun with far too many people, but solving overpopulation seems to be a far more difficult problem than even climate change but equally important IMHO… 😀

  3. the planet is huge if you take a journey in the opposite direction, not only will you find the only home you will ever truly know you will begin to ask yourself why you pollute and curate your home with manufactured products and ideas created to misdirect and enslave you into poverty, depriving you from the limitless adventure, you are your own worst enemy, with your last breath you will only really remember one place you ever called home; yourself.

    if you think its not true… consider what is actual required to sustain the home you think you know and how large and unwieldy that space can become if you honestly use the time to know and love every detail.

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