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Closed Number of tourists in overcrowded destinations – Webinar

April 3, 2023 @ 6:00 pm 7:00 pm CEST

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Josep Ejarque, a European expert on tourism, will speak about a very controversial topic: creating a closed number to enter some tourist destinations could be the right solution against overbooking and to increase sustainable tourism.

What are the main pros and cons?

Tourism can bring numerous benefits to a destination, such as economic growth and cultural exchange. However, when tourism becomes excessive, it can have detrimental effects on the environment, local communities, and the overall quality of life in the destination. As such, limiting the number of tourists in overcrowded destinations has become a pressing issue.

One of the main challenges in limiting the number of tourists is finding a balance between preserving the destination’s natural and cultural assets and meeting the demands of the tourism industry. The first step towards achieving this balance is to conduct a thorough analysis of the destination’s carrying capacity – the maximum number of visitors that the destination can sustain without causing damage to its natural and cultural resources. This analysis should take into account factors such as infrastructure, environmental impact, and community capacity.

Once the carrying capacity has been determined, policymakers can develop and implement strategies to limit the number of tourists to a sustainable level. For example, measures such as limiting the number of flights or cruise ships that can enter the destination, setting daily or seasonal visitor quotas, and charging higher fees for access to sensitive areas can help manage the flow of tourists.

In addition, promoting alternative, less crowded destinations can help redistribute the flow of visitors and alleviate the pressure on overcrowded destinations. This can be done through marketing campaigns that highlight the unique attractions and experiences of lesser-known destinations, as well as offering incentives to tour operators and travel agencies that promote these destinations.

Limiting the number of tourists in overcrowded destinations can have significant benefits for both the destination and the visitors. By reducing the negative impact of tourism, the destination can preserve its natural and cultural resources for future generations, while visitors can enjoy a more authentic and meaningful travel experience. However, achieving this goal requires a concerted effort from all stakeholders, including policymakers, the tourism industry, and tourists themselves.

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Skal Europe Academy – “Close number in touristic Municipalities” Josep Ejarque
Time: 3 April 2023 06:00 PM Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Stockholm, Wien

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Meeting ID: 878 8620 6697
Passcode: 670756


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