However, poor tourism policies may still lead to a form of overtourism if locals perceive their quality of life is being damaged by tourists.
Europe was the most frequently visited region in the world in 2016, accounting for close to half of the 1. 24 billion international tourist arrivals. Spain, a nation of 46. 5 million people, welcomed a remarkable 75. 3 million visitors in 2016. Croatia, population 4. 2 million, saw more than triple the number of tourist arrivals.
That will ensure visitor numbers remain in check and tourism remains an enjoyable experience – for tourists and residents alike.
Australia hasn’t yet experienced visitor numbers quite this large – there were just 8. 24 million tourist arrivals in 2016 – but overtourism is becoming a concern here, as well.
Australian tourism sites like Kangaroo Island aren’t seeing visitor numbers anywhere close to Venice and Barcelona just yet.
The awkward term overtourism describes a situation in which a tourism destination exceeds its carrying capacity – in physical and/or psychological terms.
Recently published research examining the policy process indicated it was a push by tourism authorities to boost tourism on the island that led to the event being imposed on the community.
The shifting focus of government tourism agencies play a role in overtourism, as well.
This is a good example of how government agencies can use “demarketing” strategies, or deflecting interest in places, to address rising tensions over tourism.
And where tourism growth is co-created responsibly across industries and geographies, between new and existing stakeholders, with localhood as our shared identity and common starting point.
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