The Guardian take on over-tourism: an unhealthy appetite for travel

The Guardian take on over-tourism: an unhealthy appetite for travel

The Guardian take on over-tourism: an unhealthy appetite for travel

The world’s most beautiful places are increasingly being loved to death. Tourists must think hard about why and how they’re travelling

People at the heart of  Dubrovnik




‘Croatia’s Dubrovnik, used because the fictional King’s Landing on TV’s Game of Thrones, has limited the daily number that may enter the historic old town.’
Photograph: Antonio Bronic/Reuters

Last week Cornwall became the most recent beauty i’m all over this the earth to admit it had been the victim of its success in attracting tourists. Such may be the swell in numbers that there’s barely enough room to put a beach towel on the sands of Porthcurno beach and Kynance Cove. The neighborhood tourist board, tasked with getting visitors to arrived at the coast, has resorted to pleading with visitors to stay away. Without doubt the long, hot summer sent people scuttling for the coast. But Cornwall’s overtourism problem highlights a genuine amount of familiar trends. First is how society now views nature itself as you more good to be consumed merely; second, the shallow, modern have to present a life clear of the tyranny of a nine-to-five office job in the tight frame of Instagram; last, the influx of “set-jetters”, who look for the locations of these favourite television films or dramas.

In the case of Cornwall, the fans of the BBC’s Poldark found its way to such numbers that it threatened what attracted them to begin with: the tranquil sublimity of the Cornish Caribbean. Others took more drastic steps to curb fans’ insatiable appetite to go to places depicted on screen. Croatia’s Dubrovnik, used because the fictional King’s Landing on TV’s Game of Thrones, has limited the daily numbers that may enter the historic old town. Thailand’s Maya Bay, location for the film The Beach, was shut to tourists who came such large numbers they spoiled the area they were designed to enjoy.

Cities across Europe now regularly see locals try the streets to protest about from noise and litter to Airbnb out-of-towners warping house prices. Deregulation of taxi laws have observed a spike in ride-hailing services like Uber clog streets. That is unsustainable: the desire to have the authentic is coming at the trouble of the locals that are likely to provide it. Barcelona’s mayor responded by rendering it harder for people to stay. Others say tourist profits should be offset by way of a bill for damage caused. The solution to such questions rest with whether there’s an ecologically and socially viable style of seeing the planet. They lie with governments also, in the indegent and rich world, going for a more sober view of tourism’s economic potential. Perhaps most significant is for travellers to comprehend how their behaviour can exhaust the allure of a destination faster than it could be replenished – and alter their conduct permanently.