MASS TOURISM AFFECTS MAJOR TRAVEL DESTINATIONS IN EUROPE
At the end of the summer season, various travel destinations in Europe witnessed something unusual – locals opposing the crowds of tourists. For instance, in late August angry signs appeared on the buildings in Spanish Mallorca, saying “Tourists, go home” and “Tourists, you terrorists!”
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Venice is a city that strongly relies on tourism, and while many believe the ban of large ships to Venice would solve the problem, there is so much more that needs to be done to ensure this charming city continues to thrive, and be preserved for generations to come.
To avoid mass crowds, visit Venice out-side of the peak seasons (so October-December & February – April) and ensure you’re a responsible tourist!
Bye-bye locals: Europe´s cities sound alarm
Hordes of tourists fill the city centres, while residents have deserted buildings full of history to make way for quaint hotels and tourist rentals – an issue that affects popular spots Europe-wide.
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The message is clear: these cities are buckling under pressure. What to do about it is less obvious. In tourists and residents’ battle for supremacy of shared spaces, local authorities are uncomfortably in the middle. The tourism and travel sector is one of the largest employers in the world, with one new job created for every 30 new visitors to a destination – but at what cost to locals’ quality of life?
Mass tourism is ruining Barcelona and turning it into a ‘theme park’, claims controversial new documentary
Out-of-control tourism and over-commercialisation are ruining the city of Barcelona and turning it into a ‘theme park’, according to a new documentary.
Residents, tour guides and local tourism experts have spoken out against uncontrolled tourism, claiming it is destroying their city and community, in the controversial new documentary Bye Bye Barcelona.
Barcelona: A victim of its own tourism success?
It is this loss of local identity, as much as the tourist hordes, that make people like Llum Ventura Gil, a longtime Barceloneta resident who recently left the barrio because of tourism overload, complain that their neighborhoods have been turned into “theme parks.”
“Barcelona is losing its essence,” she says.
Barcelona’s war on tourists
It’s a difficult game to play. Barcelona gets around 30 million visitors a year, according to local government figures, bringing in a huge amount of money to the city of 1.6 million. The impact those tourists are having on rental prices, however, is a major concern for locals, with opinion polls ranking it the second biggest problem for residents, after unemployment.
“We don’t want a city only for tourists,” said Colau from her office in city hall, using crowded Venice as an example of what she doesn’t want Barcelona to become.
María Montero, a 38-year-old physiotherapist who pays €575 a month for a 30-square-meter studio in Sant Antoni (at the edge of the city center), has been living in Barcelona for 20 years.
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You may even have seen some “tourists go home” graffiti on your last trip, and it’s not hard to see why. Barcelona is a good example of how a city can groan under the weight of its popularity. It now has the busiest cruise port, and the second-fastest growing airport in Europe. Walking through the Barcelona streets at peak season (which now never seems to end) flings you into a relentless stream of tourists. They fill the city’s hot spots in search of “authentic” tapas and sangria, and a bit of culture under the sun. The mayor has echoed residents’ concerns over the impact of tourism; a strategic plan has been put in place.
Mass tourism can kill a city – just ask Barcelona’s residents
Neighbourhood communities are central to the culture of southern Europe. They are where life happens. Yet people who live in areas popular with tourists are at risk of being forced out, by speculators who raise the rents of apartments and shop premises in pursuit of the tourist market. If they manage to stay, they have to put up with noise and pollution that are difficult to combine with daily life. It’s paradoxical, but uncontrolled mass tourism ends up destroying the very things that made a city attractive to visitors in the first place: the unique atmosphere of the local culture.
First Venice and Barcelona: now anti-tourism marches spread across Europe
With the continent sweltering under a heatwave nicknamed Lucifer, tempers have been boiling over, too, as a wave of anti-tourism protests take place in some of Europe’s most popular destinations. Yet, as “tourism-phobia” becomes a feature of the summer, the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has defended the sector, calling on local authorities to do more to manage growth in a sustainable manner.
Walt would be quite proud. The rest of us…not so much.
The death of Venice: Corrupt officials, mass tourism and soaring property prices have stifled life in the city
Today, day-trippers outnumber both overnight visitors and people who call Venice home. At the same time, the population of Venice is declining, thanks to a dwindling number of jobs that don’t involve tourism, as well as the rising cost of food, transportation and housing. The number of cinemas in Venice has fallen from 20 to two, and some business owners now charge “tourist prices” at shops and restaurants even to locals, reversing an age-old practice that made visitors who don’t pay taxes bear a greater financial burden (although tourist pricing remains sufficiently in place to cause a furore this week – see box below).
Don’t look now, Venice tourists – the locals are sick of you
“The problem is that these tourists think this is a kind of Disneyland,” Caberlotto says in a break from studying at a library on the Zaterre promenade, where many of the cruise ships dock. “They should remember that this is a living city.”
Venice during the summer is like war, according to tourism chief Paola Mar
“We’re two hours from Trieste,” she says, drawing me a map. “We’re one hour from Lake Garda, 90 minutes from Cortina, two hours from Rimini. This is the problem.”
When it rains, she says, people on Adriatic beaches pack away their deckchairs and go to Venice. When they get bored midway through their holiday, they go to Venice. When they’re looking for days out, they go to Venice – often in boats laid on by local tour operators. And they don’t spend a cent.
‘Tourism is killing Venice, but it’s also the only key to survival’
Frustration with visitors has grown to the point that last summer, angry locals plastered the city with flyers reading ‘Tourists go away! You are destroying this city’, but the couple believe not only that tourists could help save Venice, but that a large number of them want to do so, and would if they were given the tools.
The dark side of tourism: Lisbon’s ‘terramotourism’
The problem has a name: “terramotourism” or tourism earthquake .
According to António Machado, president of the Rental Association in Lisbon, the 2012 Lease Law implemented by the previous centre-right government coalition is to blame for the current housing issues.
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The gap between wealthy expats who don’t speak Dutch and locals is all but unbridgeable, she added. “So: expats go home and leave the city to us.”
“I am like a visitor in my own neighborhood,” said Bert Nap, who lives near the center. “We have lost all our bakers and other shops to tourism-orientated shops,” he added, echoing complaints across Europe’s holiday hotspots.
Tourists have turned Oxford into ‘hell’, locals claim
First it was the Venice. Then came vandalism and protests in Barcelona. Now it is the turn of one of England’s most genteel corners to revolt over tourists.
Locals in Oxford, England’s fabled old university city, have complained that they are living in a “tourist hell”, with cobbled streets once home to quiet tinkle of bicycle bells now “absolute chaos”.
Mass tourism ruins the places it loves
As an inhabitant of Edinburgh, and frequent visitor to the west coast of Scotland and Lisbon, I read with interest about the destructive impact of mass tourism (Skye’s the limit, 10 August; Mass tourism is at a tipping point, 11 August). I avoid central Edinburgh as it is overrun with tourists. Parts of the west coast of Scotland have become unpleasant and unmanageable as tourism has increased, and Lisbon has become a jam-packed pastiche.
Amsterdam attempts to stem its tourist flood and regain its soul
Amsterdam, a city of almost 850,000 inhabitants, had 17 million visitors in 2016, up from 12 million five years earlier. If the upward trend continues, the number of visitors could hit 30 million by 2025.
With a population growth of 10,000 people every year, Amsterdammers are feeling the squeeze.
How Berlin is fighting back against growing anti-tourist feeling in the city
Last year an estimated 6,000 people marched peacefully through Neukölln to protest against soaring rents. Many of the aggressors are not from Berlin, they just got here first, says Jannek. He tells me of a Berliner who attacked a “tourist” on the underground – and they both turned out to be from the city.
Turismofobia: Barcelona y otras ciudades en pie de guerra contra el turismo de masas
“Turist, go home” (“Turista, vuelve a casa”), “Gaudí hates you” (‘Gaudí te odia’) o “Parad de destrozar nuestras vidas”.
Estos son algunos de los mensajes que se encuentran muchos visitantes extranjeros pintados en las fachadas de algunos barrios de Barcelona, en España.
Las pintadas son obra residentes o colectivos de vecinos hartos de la presencia masiva de turistas, que exigen a las administraciones que regulen la actividad del sector turístico.
Es parte de un fenómeno que se ha venido a llamar“turismofobia“.