UNWTO & WTM Ministers Summit: Tourism protests are a ‘wake-up call’

The tourism attention contingency act now to tackle overtourism, according to a conduct of a UNWTO, vocalization during World Travel Market London. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary General, pronounced there have been many protests opposite overtourism in 2017, with slogans such as “tourists go home” and “tourists are terrorists”.

Addressing a UNWTO and WTM Ministers Summit, he said: “This is a wake-up call; we have to make decisions now. We can't continue to build five-star hotels in three-star communities. Jobs and gift are not adequate – we need to variegate visitors’ activities, revoke seasonality and lift recognition of reduction bustling destinations.”

Destinations such as Barcelona, Venice and Amsterdam were highlighted as carrying a misfortune overcrowding, and Airbnb is seen by many as contributing to a problem.

However, Patrick Robinson, Head of Policy for EMEA during Airbnb, shielded a company, observant 69% of a hosts in Amsterdam are not in a city centre.

“People spend income locally if they stay locally,” he told a summit.

“Policies need to be opposite in opposite places, as needs are all different.”

Gloria Guevara, President and Chief Executive of a World Travel Tourism Council (WTTC), pronounced it was critical to prominence a advantages of tourism to internal communities.

She pronounced Barcelona, for example, used to have a high crime rate and stagnation before a growth of tourism, and Miami is a good indication to follow as it has grown effective policies to understanding with journey passengers.

Silversea Cruises’ Chairman, Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, shielded his company’s purpose in Venice, observant journey lines move profitable tourists but a need to build new hotels – and they were some-more profitable than day-trippers who arrived by automobile with their possess sandwiches.

He forked to a Galapagos Islands as a best end for traffic with overtourism, as it has despotic boundary on journey passengers.

Rifai pronounced journey lines could advantage their ports of call if they offering vouchers to passengers that could be exchanged for dishes in internal restaurants or visits to attractions.

The UK’s tourism minister, John Glen, said:“We need to get a infrastructure right, and share information and solutions. It’s about diversifying options, and highlighting other options and make them straightforwardly accessible by technology.”

Other solutions were highlighted, such as Greece building tourism in a winter months; Costa Rica measuring amicable growth in tourism destinations; and Mexico swelling a word about a “magic towns” to prominence lesser-known informative sites.

Hoteliers from Intercontinental Hotels Group and Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group pronounced their obliged tourism policies can assistance opposite disastrous perceptions – such as training locals in liberality skills.

However, a hotel attention is deeply endangered about a miss of law with likes of Airbnb and called for a some-more turn personification field.

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