Global Tourism Controversies

November 9, 2018 – Volume 28, Issue 40
Are destinations at risk from too many visitors? By Barbara Mantel



Becker, Elizabeth , Overbooked: The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism , Simon & Schuster, 2013. A journalist examines the tourism industry and its huge effect on the global economy, environment and culture.

Feifer, Maxine , Tourism in History: From Imperial Rome to the Present , Stein and Day, 1986. A researcher traces the evolution of tourism, currently one of the world's largest economic sectors, across nearly 2,000 years.

Zuelow, Eric G.E. , A History of Modern Tourism , Palgrave, 2016. A historian examines tourism's political and cultural impacts from earliest times to the present.


Becker, Elizabeth , “Tourism takeover: Chinese travelers changing the industry,” Travel Weekly, Aug. 1, 2018, Chinese tourists outnumber and outspend international tourists from other countries.

Coldwell, Will , “First Venice and Barcelona: now anti-tourism marches spread across Europe,” The Guardian, Aug. 10, 2017, Protesters in several European cities have decried tourism congestion and day-trippers disembarking from cruise ships.

Paris, Costas , “A Greek Island Paradise Tries to Be a Little Less Welcoming,” The Wall Street Journal, Sept. 1, 2018, Santorini limits the number of cruise ship passengers arriving on the Greek island, as garbage and crowds overwhelm residents.

Steinhorst, John , “Leaders look for solutions to avoid overtourism,” The Garden Island, March 4, 2018, Officials in Kauai are looking for ways to manage growing tourism on the Hawaiian island, including negotiating with federal authorities about the number of incoming airline flights.

Tanner, Courtney , “One Utah national park is looking into limiting the number of visitors each day and requiring permits for certain trails,” Salt Lake Tribune, June 1, 2018, Zion National Park is considering requiring reservations to limit record numbers of visitors, but critics say the proposal is unfair.

Reports and Studies

“Coping With Success: Managing Overcrowding in Tourism Destinations,” McKinsey & Co., December 2017, A management consultant says limiting tourist numbers should be a last resort.

“Healthy Travel and Healthy Destinations,” Airbnb, May 29, 2018, The leading home-sharing company examines the impact of short-term vacation rentals in eight tourist destinations.

“Travel & Tourism: Economic Impact 2018 World,” World Travel & Tourism Council, 2018, The travel and tourism sector accounted for 313 million jobs and 10.4 percent of global gross domestic product in 2017, according to an industry trade group.

Guttentag, Daniel , “Regulating Innovation in the Collaborative Economy: An Examination of Airbnb's Early Legal Issues,” Collaborative Economy and Tourism, May 31, 2017, Cities are increasingly imposing regulations on Airbnb, including limiting the number of days per year that an owner can rent an accommodation.

Higgins-Desbiolles, Freya , “Sustainable tourism: Sustaining tourism or something more?” Tourism Management Perspectives, January 2018, The tourism industry is promoting growth despite finite natural resources and should embrace measures to make tourism more sustainable, argues a researcher from the University of South Australia.

Kharas, Homi , “The Unprecedented Expansion of the Global Middle Class: An Update,” Brookings Institution, February 2017, Within a few years, most of the world's population, for the first time ever, might live in middle-class or wealthy households.

Sheivachman, Andrew , “Proposing Solutions to Overtourism in Popular Destinations: A Skift Framework,” Skift, Oct. 23, 2017, A tourism industry research firm suggests destinations adopt several strategies to solve overtourism, including making travel more expensive.

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