Tourist Tuesday, 3/6/18

Today, I will be featuring another article published just yesterday about a place addressing the same issues of over-tourism, this one on Kauai sent to me by Ken Wright. Before I get to that, I do want to inform everyone that this issue will be appearing on the BSMAAC meeting of 3/23/18. Unfortunately, I have a conference that day and the following day up in SF, so will not be in attendance. I trust my views will be aptly represented by the rest of you. Next week, I plan to go back to my coverage of the Sustainable Destination Management Plan options laid out at Destination Center’s website which I have been covering for some months.

Today’s article can be found in total here: The Garden Island.

“Tourist destinations around the world are reacting to growing numbers of visitors adding to congestion, increasing costs of living and disrupting fragile ecosystems.

‘This is our state’s largest industry, so we have to do a better job of addressing our parks, traffic and safety,’ said Rep. Nadine Nakamura.

Some travel destinations are looking closely for ways to solve issues of massive traffic jams, creaking infrastructure, environmental degradation and rising rents.

In 2017, police advised visitors to stay away from Scotland’s second-largest island, Isle of Skye, due to noise complaints, overcrowding and visitors urinating in public.

In Spain, Barcelona’s government passed a law to limit tourist beds after anti-tourist graffiti and protests of services like Airbnb that sent rents soaring and forced residents from homes.

Dubrovnik, Croatia, is capping the number of visitors at 4,000 a day and cutting the number of cruise ships entering the ancient port. Visitors to Santorini, Greece, have been capped to 8,000 a day by the island’s mayor in 2017 with a rising population. Other destinations like Bhutan and Nepal are minimizing environmental impacts by charging daily fees and implementing permit guidelines and restrictions.”

The article mentions two specific problems the Garden Isle is having that Big Sur Shares:  Beach Acess (Pfeiffer Beach) and State Park parking along a busy highway. (Point Lobos and JFB.)

“According to Kanoho, a Haena master plan is scheduled to go before the Department of Land and Natural Resources to request limits on visitors to Ke’e Beach, requiring reservations with fees and permits.

Nakamura is also working with a group focusing on visitor impacts at Haena State Park, especially illegal parking on the state highway never intended to accommodate 2,000 visitors a day. She introduced a bill to create a surcharge that would go to county law enforcement and another bill to increase rental car fees for highway improvements and public transit.”

Perhaps, Monterey and any destination plan committee we form can look to implement some of these same ideas.