Everyone who has visited a popular, well-known tourist destination during the high season has experienced the crowds, endless queues, and overpriced cafes. Overtourism has been recognized as an emerging problem, especially, in some European cities, whereas other cities are spending plenty of money in campaigns to attract more travelers. WTTC (World Travel and Tourism Council) and JLL have produced a report that studies a number of cities across the world, and their ability to respond to the growing numbers of visitors.Read the story “Some cities struggle with tourist crowds”
Many tourists like to go to places where practically everyone else has been or destinations where they themselves have visited before. That is why the big trends in travel destinations change very slowly. Nonetheless, looking at the UNWTO tourism statistics for 2017, many travelers are also quick to change their destinations when they have a good reason for it. In 2017, the Mediterranean region, especially South Europe and North Africa, was the big winner in international tourist arrivals.
Too many visitors in a small area is not always a pleasant experience, especially, if you happen to live in that area. When almost all of these visitors only come and go, take a few selfies, leave rubbish behind, have questionable manners (relative to the local culture), but also leave money in the region, residents may still become uninviting towards the visitors. That’s what is happening in some popular travel destinations, particularly in Europe.
Barcelona in Spain is the third most visited city in Europe according to recent statistics. For many years, it has been a favorite city break destination for young Europeans who like the free bar culture of the Catalonia capital. Even more tourists come to Barcelona for its architecture, art and history. Massive Mediterranean cruise ships bring loads of tourists to the port of Barcelona for day visits.