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European international locations see overtourism as an epidemic

Lacey Pfalz | (TNS) TravelPulse

European international locations are among the hottest locations of the summer time, and lots of the cities and locations going through document numbers of summer time vacationers are additionally placing new guidelines and laws in place to hopefully curb the destructive elements of too many vacationers.

What’s overtourism?

The time period ‘overtourism’ is getting extra fashionable as locations start pondering long-term about their tourism methods. It usually goes hand-in-hand with sustainability initiatives, as a result of having too many vacationers than a vacation spot can efficiently handle is unsustainable.

Overtourism can result in housing shortages for locals — in February, Portugal handed legal guidelines that restricted the variety of Airbnbs allowed within the nation after foreigners started outpricing Portuguese locals, inflicting a housing disaster.

It will probably additionally create extra visitors, each pedestrian and automotive, in addition to result in larger air pollution and litter. Droves of vacationers will also be a drain on the residents who reside in these locations, making them much less satisfying locations to reside full-time.

There have been a number of bulletins made by international locations throughout Europe making an attempt to curb tourism by the thousands and thousands.

Italy’s Trentino-Alto Aldige area, which noticed 34 million in a single day guests in 2022 alone, started capping its customer numbers in September 2022, considerably decreasing the variety of in a single day guests it welcomes every year. One of many methods it does that is by capping the variety of resort beds out there within the area for vacationers.

In June, the heavyweight cruise ship vacation spot and the biggest Mediterranean cruise port of Barcelona introduced it might be in search of methods to curb the variety of cruise ships porting every year. In 2019, it was named Europe’s most polluted port and welcomed over 3 million guests by cruise ship, lots of whom stayed within the metropolis for lower than 4 hours.

In early July, Greece introduced that it might be implementing new methods to streamline visitation to the Acropolis. The three,300-year-old archaeological marvel noticed an 80% improve from 2019’s customer numbers this June and July.

Extra not too long ago, the town of Amsterdam introduced it was banning giant cruise ships from docking within the small metropolis, which welcomes 22 million vacationers every year. The explanations embrace incompatibility with its sustainability targets and as a solution to curb mass tourism.

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