Global Tourism Controversies

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

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Behan, Rosemary , “Ecotourism only makes sense if we all talk to each other,” The National, Sept. 20, 2018, Efforts by the South Pacific island nation of Palau to balance tourism with the preservation of local fishing traditions provide a successful case study of ecotourism, a journalist writes.

Hall, Melanie , “Top 5 ecotourism projects in Africa,” Deutsche Welle, July 19, 2018, An environmental magazine's favorite African ecotourist destinations include sanctuaries for chimpanzees and gorillas and national parks that stress conservation.

Lindeman, Tracey , “Ecotourism in Costa Rica Is Putting Wildlife at Risk,” Motherboard, April 6, 2018, Costa Rica's ecosystem and its infrastructure suffer from sudden influxes of tourists, with too many visitors admitted to protected wildlife areas, says a jaguar conservationist.

Home-Sharing Industry

Doggrell, Katharine , “Airbnb protests Amsterdam's home-sharing ban proposal,” Hotel Management, Oct. 29, 2018, Amsterdam is considering banning home-sharing for tourists, despite Airbnb's argument that only 8 percent of overnight visitors stay in an Airbnb rental.

McCartney, Robert , “Political contests erupt as cities and hotel industry struggle to curb Airbnb,” The Washington Post, Oct. 15, 2018, Cities' efforts to rein in the home-sharing industry have sparked a backlash from those who support the short-term rentals.

Yale, Aly , “10 Years After Airbnb, Real Estate Developers See The Money In Home-sharing,” Forbes, Oct. 17, 2018, Owners of multifamily buildings increasingly view home rentals as a moneymaking opportunity, says a real estate journalist.

Local Protests

Burgen, Stephen , “‘Tourists go home, refugees welcome’: why Barcelona chose migrants over visitors,” The Guardian, June 25, 2018, Residents of Barcelona, Spain, say they are supportive of immigration but dismissive of tourists because the latter damage neighborhoods and the quality of life.

Florida, Richard , “The Global Tourism Backlash,” CityLab, Aug. 7, 2018, Residents' growing anger at tourism is indicative of larger problems — economic inequality and inadequate housing — within cities, says the co-founder of a website that covers urban issues.

Perrone, Alessio , “‘A resource that is killing the town’: on the resident's groups campaigning against over-tourism in Venice,” CityMetric, Aug. 22, 2018, With tourists overrunning Venice's fragile historic center, the Italian city is struggling to find ways to control the crowds.

National Parks

“Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Reports ‘On Par’ Visitation,” The Associated Press, U.S. News & World Report, Oct. 24, 2018, Despite having to close last May because of a massive volcano eruption, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park partially reopened last month to relatively stable attendance.

Gecker, Jocelyn, and Paul Elias , “Couple Who Fell to Their Death at Yosemite Died While Taking a Selfie, Family Says,” The Associated Press, Time, Oct. 31, 2018, A couple's recent death at Yosemite National Park highlights the risks of tourists attempting to take selfie pictures at dangerous locations, a problem that prompted India's tourism industry to set up “no-selfie zones.”

Hawk, Corey , “Grand Canyon gap: Arizona national parks need $531 million to fix roads, buildings,” Cronkite News, Oct. 26, 2018, Increasing attendance at the Grand Canyon and nearby recreation sites is wearing out roads and buildings, while much-needed park maintenance has been continually delayed.

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