Category: Overtourism

The big idea: is tourism bad for us?

Wanderlust may be surging once more – but will travel really help us find what we’re looking for?

What is ‘extractive tourism’ and what can we do about it?

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.

Covid robbed Kyoto of foreign tourists – now it is not sure it wants them back

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.

With litter piling up, mountain tourism reaches a crossroad

Nepalese mountaineer Nirmal Purja has spent years scaling the world’s highest peaks. During a seven-month stretch in 2019, he climbed all 14 of the...

Intrepid Travel CEO calls for more advocacy in tourism and less fixation on numbers

As travel revives, industry leaders must address their sector's impact on the climate and on local communities. Otherwise, the sector risks attacks from the...

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