The report has now been downloaded hundreds of times, and has received coverage in media including TTG Media, TTG Asia, the Irish Examiner and Greenbiz. Our CEO Salli Felton and principal author Megan Epler-Wood have spoken about it at various events, including the Skift forum Europe last month.
In short, the report has been well-received. Overtourism has been in the news countless times this year – you just have to look at our Twitter feed to see some of the many stories about overcrowding on tropical islands, closures of tourist attractions to allow recovery and, most recently, a walk-out by staff at the Louvre as its visitor numbers top 10 million a year.
The concept of the ‘invisible burden’ provides a better understanding of why overtourism exists and what might be done to address it, or avoid it altogether.
But what can people who are engaged with these issues do as a next step?
The report suggests that the risks tourism destinations and businesses face must be openly and transparently reviewed with more science-based, data-driven analysis – such as holistic accounting systems and ways to assess the risks tourism poses to infrastructure and natural resources.