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Organisations combating overtourism

The severity of the overtourism phenomenon has prompted serious work by supranational bodies such as the World Tourism Organisation and the European Parliament.

These bodies are working hard not only to define what overtourism is so that they can measure and address this phenomenon more effectively, they’re also producing guidelines and recommendations to apply worldwide (although the responsibility of following these recommendations falls on each singular state).

Your task

If you haven’t done so already, read the article ‘Overtourism?: Understanding and Managing Urban Tourism Growth beyond Perceptions’ produced by the World Tourism Organisation, which offers 11 strategies to manage and promote the dispersal of tourism flows in urban areas.

Which strategies do you think would be most effective? Are there some that you feel are less useful and if so why? Share your opinions with your peers.

Further reading

Peeters, P., Gössling, S., Klijs, J., Milano, C., Novelli, M., Dijkmans, C., Eijgelaar, E., Hartman, S., Heslinga, J., Isaac, R., Mitas, O., Moretti, S., Nawijn, J., Papp, B. and Postma, A. (2018). Research for TRAN Committee - Overtourism: Impact and possible policy responses. European Parliament, Policy Department for Structural and Cohesion Policies. https://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/STUD/2018/629184/IPOL_STU(2018)629184_EN.pdf

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