Over tourism – a problem of too many tourists or one of not enough management of tourism (strategy/policy issues) or of tourists (infrastructure/operational issues)? Are some UK destinations now in serious danger of accidentally smothering the golden goose or alternatively of missing the equally golden opportunity to spread the social and economic benefits more widely or over longer periods? Is this a major reputational issue and therefore one capable of causing damage well beyond the places and times at which peaks of over tourism actually occur?
The questions around over tourism are complex. As it seems likely that the problem will grow and spread to other destinations, they are questions that British Destinations now wish to start confronting. We are doing so in order to help prompt further debate around policy and strategic direction, infrastructure and operational matters at national through to local level. We also wish to see far more discussions around the critical (?) role of destination management in dealing with what logically appears to be a local management issue but one with significant national consequences attached.
Although not directly related to the sharing economy, the sharing accommodation sector is frequently cited as one of the factors helping to drive, over tourism, especially in popular urban destinations. Rather than creating yet another main menu tab, articles that relate to over tourism will now be posted here located in the drop-down menu under the sharing economy tab:
13 Aug 2018 – Cornwall tourist overcrowding ‘will not deter visitors’
12 Dec 2017 – The most overcrowded tourist destinations
12 Sep 2017 – Italy vs. the tourists