An excessive amount of tourism kills the business? Confronted with an enormous inflow of tourists, a number of locations around the globe determined to take measures to restrict the variety of vacationers and thus to combat overtourism.
Usually, the mission of a vacationer workplace is to draw as many guests as potential to the nation. Nonetheless, some vacationer workplaces at the moment are doing the other. The latest instance is the Dutch vacationer workplace, which has determined to postpone a promotional marketing campaign that ought to have been in a position to appeal to new guests. The explanation? The Dutch consider that there at the moment are too many vacationers within the nation! Amsterdam and its 820,000 inhabitants have a complete of eight.three million in a single day stays and 18 million guests all 12 months spherical.
Furthermore, along with the present vacationer tax of seven p.c of the resort invoice that the customer pay, they should rely additionally with additional three euros per evening and visitor – the town council launched a mattress tax. The income ought to be used for preserving the historic cityscape.
And Amsterdam isn’t any exception: Barcelona, Rome, Porto or Venice are additionally victims of their success and face overtourism. To not point out Dubrovnik, attacked by followers of the Recreation of Thrones collection… Many fragile historic websites undergo from this overflow and the town facilities are steadily emptying of their inhabitants, leaving the place to seasonal rental platforms, led by Airbnb, reworking the very nature of the town and inflicting a scarcity of housing for the inhabitants and a rise in rents.
Iceland is one other instance of a vacation spot that has been overtaken by its guests: the small island of 340,000 inhabitants has grown from 500,000 vacationers in 2009 to greater than 2.three million guests final 12 months… An explosion that surpasses present infrastructure capacities, notably in Reykjavik, the entry level for all vacationers.
In an try to manage the phenomenon, a number of locations took varied measures. Since Might 1st, Venice has simply deployed a three € tax for all vacationers per day, with a purpose to finance the cleansing of the town. The town of 55,000 inhabitants is invaded by 25 million vacationers yearly. And the town corridor is already contemplating a brand new binding reservation system to go to the town by 2022.
In Rome, vacationer buses haven’t been allowed within the historic middle since final January. The mayor of the town, Virginia Raggi, intends to guard the websites but in addition cut back air air pollution and noise.
With greater than 30 million guests final 12 months, Barcelona attacked Airbnb, searching down illegally rented residences. Amsterdam Metropolis Corridor is predicted to ban guided excursions of the Crimson Sq. from subsequent 12 months.
Not solely Europe is affected. In Peru, the authorities have simply determined to restrict entry to Machu Picchu, the emblematic Inca metropolis. The primary take a look at can be carried out from 15 to 28 Might with a quota set at 6,000 vacationers per day on the positioning. If the outcomes are conclusive, the system ought to then be formally launched on June 1.
In Indonesia, the Bali authorities is making ready a $14 tax for any vacationer arriving on the island. The cash ought to be used to guard the atmosphere.
In Thailand, the combat in opposition to overtourism has even taken one other step ahead: the emblematic seashore of Koh Phi Phi Leh, the setting for the movie The Seashore with Leonardo de Caprio, was closed to the general public final June till 2021.