Over · tourism — a new word to be added to the dictionary

Celine Kwan
Feb 27 · 11 min read
Locals in Venice and Barcelona protesting against an overwhelming number of tourist visitors.

Instagram Posts vs RealityWhat does overtourism look like?

We will show you the reality soon enough.

“Overtourism describes destinations where hosts or hurests, locals or visitors, feel that there are too many visitors and that the quality of life in the area or the quality of the experience has deteriorated unacceptably.” - Retrieved from Responsible Tourism Partnership.org

Excessive growth of visitors -> overcrowding in areas -> residents suffer the consequences of temporary and seasonal tourism peaks -> enforcing permanents changes to their lifestyles, access to amenities, and general well-being.

What are the causes of excessive growth of visitors?

“Unfortunately, tourism that has done so much for the economies of so many countries over the last 50 years has had the least attention paid in terms of policy formation, strategy, planning and allocative arrangements,” Edmund Bartlett, the minister of tourism for Jamaica, stated while speaking at the summit.

“Tourist: Your luxury trip, my daily misery”

Graffiti in a popular tourist attraction — Park Guell — in Barcelona, Spain.
Impacts of overtoursim at Machu Picchu.
As advertised.
Hmm… Is this false marketing?

“But don’t tourists benefit the local economy?”

Quality over Quantity

“The real problem is we define success in tourism as having more tourists.”

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Fuse Society

FUSE was founded on the idea of relevance. As a non-profit organization, we recognize that living in a rapidly changing society every moment offers endless opportunities.