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We're full! Europe's fight against overtourism

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By Janet McEVOY

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Visited all of these in the 80’s and 90’s, all great places to visit but I can understand their need to regain control of their own cities. Tourism can be a useful revenue earner but can also kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.

From a visitors point of view, visiting out of the high season can usually be a lot better especially for these sorts of destinations that aren’t benefited to any great extent by hot summer weather.

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There will always be somewhere to go. If a city doesn't want tourists, fair enough. Do the right thing and cross them off your list. They could also ask to be entirely removed from sites like TripAdvisor, and shut hotels down. Just picking on AirBnB is discrimination.

The Japanese government might like to restrict inbound tourism to a rich minority, but that won't offer enough widespread support to keep tourism afloat. A tourist economy requires mass tourism. Rich people are simply too selective about spending their money. That's what the casinos were for, but it didn't go down too well. Ultimately extreme weather and higher costs may ease excess tourism globally. Push enough of the population into poverty and everyday things will become luxuries for the few.

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"From a visitors point of view, visiting out of the high season can usually be a lot better especially for these sorts of destinations that aren’t benefited to any great extent by hot summer weather."

Absolutely, avoiding European school holiday season is the way to go.

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I am living with my girlfriends parents right now about 15k from Oxford in the UK. The tourism there is crushing the place, most locals now go elsewhere for shopping..etc..

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Conscientious behavior while touring adds value to the mind and heart of the privileged tourists. The wellbeing of the tourist spots and genuine respect for the distinguished hosts are part and parcel of sustainable tourism.

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Are you seriously comparing pre-covid and post-covid stats as if nothing happened in between?

(Bearing in mind early 2022 was still under partial lockdown for a large part of the world....)

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opheliajadefeld

I am living with my girlfriends parents right now about 15k from Oxford in the UK. The tourism there is crushing the place, most locals now go elsewhere for shopping..etc

Visited Oxford with friends last year, thoroughly enjoyed it, went in late March, no problem with crowding.

l blame all those students cluttering up the place! ;)

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The nice thing about Europe is that with a little research, there's always somewhere smaller, nicer & quieter.

The average tourist puts zero thought into travelling and the adventure it brings and are merely box ticking for social media posts.

Air BnB is a leach. Annoying residents at the same time as making housing more expensive for residents of the city. i refuse to use it .

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factchecker.....

The nice thing about Europe is that with a little research, there's always somewhere smaller, nicer & quieter.

Like what he said!

If the restaurant has 5 language menus and has only tourists, just walk two streets back. Better food and a third the price or less.

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Read the guide books for recommendations, check the advertisements for holidays, go somewhere else. Usually, the guide books tell you not where you should go this year but where you should have gone 10 or even years ago.

In Japan I recommend you ask Japanese people where to go, make a list of their recommendations and cross them off your list of where to go because they will all be overcrowded.

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