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Old 05-05-2019, 04:25 PM
 
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Wonder what would happen - without the internet these days?

‘Overtourism’ Worries Europe. How Much Did Technology Help Get Us There?
Farhad Manjoo

But my tech-abetted trip was illuminating, too, because it provided a firsthand look into a vexing problem that has gripped much of Europe lately — the worry of “overtourism,” and the rising chorus that blames technologies like Airbnb, Uber and other internet-enabled travel conveniences for the menace.

https://m.lasvegassun.com/news/2018/...id-technology/
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Old 05-05-2019, 11:00 PM
 
Location: Looking over your shoulder
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Whether it’s Europe or so many places here in the states, everyone wants the tourist dollar but without the extra crowds of people wanting to see and do so many things while on trips or visiting the areas. I’m sure a lot of places simply can’t handle the number of tourists any longer.
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Old 05-06-2019, 12:50 AM
 
Location: Australia
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A large part of the reason for the increase in tourism world wide is the ability of the emerging middle classes in Asia, and particularly in China, to travel. This is aided by the cheapness of flights. We paid about the same in 1977 for a flight to Europe as we would now, whereas prices in general have probably increases 600%.

As an example, in Vietnam the number of foreign tourists in 2010 was about 6 million. Last year it was at least 15 million, if I remember correctly. Of these, 5 million were Chinese. Chinese tourists still mainly seem to travel in groups and stay in hotels. But this results in less vacancies, probably higher prices and would result in people looking for cheaper options.

I do not have a solution except to try to travel more off-season and in the areas less travelled. We had an excellent time last year in Piedimont, Italy in September and were not bothered with crowds. But I do not care whether I ever go back to Rome as it is so inundated with tourists.

The novelty of social media is likely to wear off. Interest in someone's travel photos is generally fleeting. Of course, internet booking is here to stay. Reviews are increasingly suspect and I do not personally take much notice of them anymore.
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Old 05-06-2019, 03:22 AM
 
Location: Great Britain
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Wonder what would happen - without the internet these days?

‘Overtourism’ Worries Europe. How Much Did Technology Help Get Us There?
Farhad Manjoo

But my tech-abetted trip was illuminating, too, because it provided a firsthand look into a vexing problem that has gripped much of Europe lately — the worry of “overtourism,” and the rising chorus that blames technologies like Airbnb, Uber and other internet-enabled travel conveniences for the menace.

https://m.lasvegassun.com/news/2018/...id-technology/
The trouble with Europe is that it's mainly a hanful of areas and cities that get a ot of the tourism, however there are some great things to see and do often the beaten track.

Perhaps promoting underrated cities and areas is the eway forward.
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Old 05-06-2019, 04:02 AM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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As the world becomes an increasingly threatening place, there are fewer and fewer destinations that tourists consider to be in their comfort zone. So, as the number of tourists swells, they get funneled into fewer destinations. Instead of a million tourists going to a thousand places, there are ten-million going to a hundred destinations.

In the past 5 years, I've rarely had another tourist staying at my hotel, which are certainly not over-touristed. But I certainly see angry mobs of them at airports.

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Old 05-07-2019, 06:15 AM
 
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Whether it’s Europe or so many places here in the states, everyone wants the tourist dollar but without the extra crowds of people wanting to see and do so many things while on trips or visiting the areas. I’m sure a lot of places simply can’t handle the number of tourists any longer.
I travel to Europe often. However, I refuse to do so during high season (summer). All our trips are between mid September and May. We've avoided huge crowds, but I am noticing that many areas are pretty busy during even the "off months".
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Old 05-07-2019, 06:38 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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There is a reason why there is so much tourism in Europe.

It’s because it is the best continent to travel to in the whole world.
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Old 05-07-2019, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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You know how many tourists came to Florida last year? Almost 120 million. That's a third of the population of the US.

If you are a traveler, you know where to avoid on what dates.
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Old 05-07-2019, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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I found no crowds at all in Europe in July, in wonderful places. Chisinau, Odessa, Tbilisi.
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Old 05-07-2019, 07:17 PM
 
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I partially attribute this to the rising chorus that promotes traveling / "experiences" over physical possessions. People are going to spend their leisure money on one or the other, generally. As cities become more crowded, real estate more expensive and houses ever smaller, not to worry, people are assured that experiences make them happier than things, that no one needs more "stuff," and that lots of traveling results in superior human beings.

Add to that the very generous amount of paid vacation time doled out to most Europeans, and the result is mobs of tourists.
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