Excesses, Discontents and Measures in Travel and Tourism
The "overtourism" phenomenon is defined as the excessive growth of visitors leading to overcrowding and the consequential suffering of residents, due to temporary and often seasonal tourism peaks, that lead to permanent changes in lifestyles, amenities and well-being. Enormous tensions in overtourism-affected destinations have driven the intensification of policy making and scholarly attention toward seeking antidotes to an issue that is considered paradoxical and problematic.
Moving beyond the "top 10 things you can do about overtourism," this book examines the evolution of the phenomenon and explores the genesis of overtourism as well as the system dynamics underpinning it. With a rigorous scientific approach, the book uses systems-thinking and contemporary paradigms around sustainable development, resilience planning and degrowth; while considering global economic, socio-political, and environmental discourses. This book:
- Deconstructs "overtourism" and considers the many constituent parts that have led to its current conceptualizations;
- Presents globally diverse views of overtourism through numerous case studies;
- Is written in plain language accessible to readers beyond the academic context.
Researchers, analysts, policy makers and industry stakeholders working within tourism as well as those within the private sector, community groups, civil society groups and NGOs will find this book an essential source of information.
1: Venice: an analysis of tourism excesses in an overtourism icon
2: Tourist Gentrification of retail shops in Palma (Majorca)
3: ‘Todos a Galápagos?’ Overtourism in wilderness areas of the Global South
4: Beyond Overtourism: Studying the Entanglements of Society and Tourism in Iceland
5: Responses to overtourism in Guanacaste (Costa Rica): a rural water conflicts’ perspective
6: Overcrowded Amsterdam – Striving for a balance between trade, tolerance and tourism
7: Public policies and tourist saturation in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro
8: Short-term accommodation and overtourism in Portuguese urban centres
9: My overloved town: The challenges of growing up in a small coastal tourist destination (Byron Bay, Australia)
10: Greenland’s Tourism Policymaking and the Risk of Overtourism