Extractive tourism encompasses the destructive impact of mass tourism on local communities, as travel ceases to be seen as a benign activity to be enjoyed by all. Governments and local authorities around the world are looking at ways to limit tourist numbers and encourage businesses to invest in the areas that they serve.
A city that had 8 million overseas visitors in 2019 – including free-spending parties of Chinese people – is getting used to the peace and quiet. After two years of the toughest borders restrictions in the world, Japan’s tourist boom feels as if it belongs to a different age.
Colombia-based Impulse Travel offers community-led tours in different parts of Medellín that are helping to change the city’s narrative. The aim is to let community leaders paint a more realistic picture of the city for visitors whose image of Medellín is still associated with the drug lord Pablo Escobar.