Overtourism occurs when a location is inundated with so many visitors that the location becomes undesirable. It can lead to rising housing costs, increased congestion, over-stressed infrastructure, and a decreased quality of life for the locals who live there year-round. As the number of New Orleans visitors climbs to nearly 18 million a year (and growing), we must critically evaluate how the city will manage its resources. Here are a few articles discussing how other cities around the world are beginning to push back against the siege of overtourism:
In Giovanni Bonazzon’s paintings, Venice is a vision of serenity. Bridges arch gracefully over rippling canals, sunlight bounces off flower-filled balconies, and not a single human mars the tranquility. Bonazzon’s daily vista is not as tranquil, however. An artist who paints and sells watercolors from an easel set up near San Marco Square, he has a ringside seat to the selfie-posing, ice-cream-licking hordes who roil their way daily toward the Doge’s Palace, and he readily agrees that tourism is killing his hometown.
The summer holidays are in full swing – and protests against overtourism have begun (yet again) in a number of popular European cities. Overtourism is not a new problem. Barcelona, in particular, is at the centre of these mounting concerns about the rapid growth of tourism in cities, especially during peak holiday periods. In fact, Destination Barcelona estimates that there were 30 crore overnight visitors in 2017, compared to a resident population of 1,625,137.
Europe’s historic cities are “dying” from pressure of tourism, according to the head of Amsterdam Marketing, who singled out Ryanair and Airbnb for criticism. Frans van der Avert, Amsterdam Marketing chief executive, said: “Cities are dying from tourism. No one will be living in the historic centres any more.